The 28-year-old man, who failed to stop at the lockdown checkpoint, was supposedly killed by a soldier. The minister for state labor and jobs, Festus Keyamo (SAN), denounced the killing in Delta state for an alleged violation of a lockdown order by one Joseph Pessu.
In an attempt to slow down and control the and spread of coronavirus, which ravaging the nation and the world, the government ordered a halt to social and economic activities in the state in the past, effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Pessu had reportedly been shot and killed by a soldier in Warri on Thursday 2 April while traveling along the Ugbuwangue NPA Exp axis.
The nation reports that a team of security personnel identified the deceased but to stop to identify the deceased properly. He was shot dead after a pursuit by police men.
Keyamo, from Delta, condemned the killing and other allegations of security forces ‘high-handedness in the implementation of the lock-down in a statement on Thursday.
“When dealing with the civilian population, I condemn this barbaric act unreservedly by armed people who should practice restraint,” he said.
Keyamo, a human rights activist, said he was going to make a submission to the appropriate authorities to investigate the incident thoroughly and to make a report for the offending officers.
‘In the meantime, please let us not take the law into our hands. I will also use this medium to sincerely appeal to my Delta state brothers and sisters to comply with the laws and to obey the restricting orders placed on both the government of the Delta state and the federal government.
According to the government, Nigeria reported a total of 184 coronavirus installations in 12 States and the federal capital territory on 1 April but Delta is not currently being affected. State lockdown orders are precautionary, according to the government.
The government has also been contacted to carry out immediate and comprehensive investigations into this murder.