Ogoni apex socio-cultural organization, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has given the Nigeria Police a 14-day ultimatum to prosecute a Policeman, Sergeant James Imhalu, who shot and killed a commercial bus driver, Mr. David Legbara last week along Whimpey area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Recall that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Chris Ezike had held talks with the deceased family lawyer, assuring that Sergeant Imhalu will be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded while calling for public calm.
However, MOSOP, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, yesterday, signed by Bari-ara Kpalap, media aide to its President, warned that the Ogoni people would have no choice than to peacefully protest the heinous killing of their own if nothing is done at the expiration of the 14 day ultimatum.
The organization, which condemned the gruesome murder of Legbara, who is an Ogoni, also demanded for the payment of adequate compensation from the police to the family of the deceased, as he was the only child and bread winner of the family.
“It is our position that the dastardly act has gone far beyond mere condemnation by the police hierarchy and it must thus match her public reaction with visibly genuine action. The Ogoni people, we must say, are keenly watching and would accept nothing less than justice not only being done but also seen to be done timely.
“The deceased until his death was a commercial bus driver, the only child of his parents and bread winner of the family and hailed from Uegwere-Boue community in Khana local government area of Ogoni in Rivers State.
“He was mowed down in questionable circumstances at Whimpey junction, Mile 4, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt on Friday, August 7, 2015 by the murderous Sergeant James Imhalu, a mobile police officer attached to Kala police station also in Port Harcourt.
“The condition under which Mr. Legbara was killed is reminiscent of past situations wherein a huge number of Ogoni natives have been gruesomely murdered over the years by the police over the latter’s attempts at extorting money from our people.”

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