The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has condemned the reported killing of a policeman in Ughelli, Delta.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Etaga Stanley, a police corporal, believed to be an indigene of Ughelli South council area, reportedly lost his life on Thursday during #EndSARS protests in Ughelli town.
It was also reported that another police officer, Sgt. Patrick Okuone, sustained injuries during the incident.
Mr Omo-Agege in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga in Abuja on Friday, described the incident as unfortunate.
While calling for thorough investigation of the matter, he, however, urged the police to exercise restraint and follow due process in fishing out the suspected killers.
The lawmaker condoled with the family of the deceased, the Nigerian Police Force and the people of Delta Central Senatorial District for the sad loss.
He said: “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 in moments like this and we trust that they will help to ensure that those who wish to tear our communities apart are not allowed to 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 the peace initiatives by all stakeholders, as our state is not known for violence and jungle justice,” he said.
Mr Omo-Agege said that he had the assurances of the state police command that due process, as dictated by law, would be strictly followed and that there would not be indiscriminate arrest of innocent citizens in the course of the investigation.