July 25, 2021

UPDATE ON KILLING OF MR. RICHARD ODIA, A.K.A ‘ORIGINAL’ BY POLICE INSPECTOR PETER OKOPI

Ref:AZ:5250/EDS/PRD/VOL.24/85            Date: 03/02/2020   
No. 21

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POLICE PRESS RELEASE

UPDATE ON KILLING OF MR. RICHARD ODIA, A.K.A
‘ORIGINAL’ BY POLICE INSPECTOR PETER OKOPI

    Edo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public especially the good people of Edo State, that the Police Inspector Peter Okopi who shot and killed Mr. Richard Odia, a.k.a, Original has been arrested by his Command and handed over to the Edo State Police Command for his Orderly Room Trial, a mechanism for disciplinary action. 
   It will be recalled that, the Police Inspector Peter Okopi who is serving in Delta State Police Command Asaba, attached to Department of Operations and on special duty to 301 Construction Company Asaba on Escort duty from Asaba Delta State to Benin City, Edo State, on the 11th February, 2020 at about 1900 hours shot and seriously wounded Mr. Richard Odia, a.k.a, Original with AK 47 Rifle at a road construction site, Asagba Boundary Road along Benin-Auchi Expressway, Benin City, after a brief misunderstanding between them. Mr. Richard Odia was immediately rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and unfortunately he gave up the ghost the following day, the 12th February, 2020.
    The Commissioner of Police Edo State Command, CP Lawan Tanko Jimeta hereby condoles with the Family and friends of late Mr. Richard Odia on his untimely death and assures them that justice will prevail in this case. He also appeals to them to remain calm and law abiding, that the Command under his leadership holds high premium to human lives. He however wish to invite anyone that witnessed the shooting of late Mr. Richard Odia to come forward to give evidence during the trial of the erring Police Inspector, adding that if there are no witnesses to give evidence the aim of conducting  Orderly Room Trial will be defeated.

DSP CHIDI NWABUZOR
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
EDO STATE COMMAND