As agitations rage over the alleged killing of a policeman during ENDSARS protest in Delta State, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has sued for peace and urged a thorough investigation into the incident.
This is as he also strongly condemned the killing as totally unacceptable.
On Thursday, during a protest in Ughelli town of Delta State, in support of the clamour to ban SARS, Etaga Stanley, a police corporal who is believed to be an indigene of Ughelli South and a constituent of the Deputy President of the Senate, reportedly lost his life, in circumstances that appear quite avoidable and cannot be encouraged by peace-loving people.
It was also reported that another police officer, Sergeant Patrick Okuone, sustained injuries during the incident.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga on Friday, the Deputy Senate President described the incident as serious and unfortunate, saying he supports full professional and thorough investigation of the matter by the Police.
While calling on the police to exercise restraint and follow due process in fishing out the alleged killers, he condoled with the family of the deceased, the entire police and his Delta Central Senatorial District for the sad loss.
“I humbly call on our highly regarded traditional rulers to continue to urge our people to maintain the peace that we are known for in their various kingdoms and domains. Our Royal Fathers are a great force for peace at moments like this and we trust that they would help to ensure that those who wish to tear our communities apart do not succeed.
“We also call on our religious leaders to pray for our land. God will not allow the evil of bloodshed to reign in our land. Violence is never an option.
“No meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere devoid of peace. Let us embrace all peace initiatives by all stakeholders as Delta State is not known for violence and jungle justice.
“In dealing with this very serious and unfortunate matter and bringing those responsible to book, I have assurances of the Delta State Police Command that due process as dictated by the law, would be strictly followed and there will not be an indiscriminate arrest of innocent citizens as they go about their lawful businesses,” Omo-Agege said.