Gov. Obaseki of Edo State, has set up a N10 million education fund for the training of two children of late David Okoniba, whose death was allegedly caused by an exchange with a police officer at Upper Igun, Third Junction area of Benin.
He disclosed this when he led some members of his cabinet on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased. The governor said he was at the victim’s home to assure his relatives that the government share in their grief, assuring them that those culpable in the killing will be brought to book.
“I am here today to get the details of what happened. Listening to you, I am heartbroken. I can feel your pain and appreciate your pain and anger. I want to assure the family that the case will not be swept under the carpet.
It will be followed to a logical conclusion as a reputable retired Judge of Edo State High Court, Justice Olubo, has been selected to head the panel of enquiry which will investigate what truly happened on the said date of the incident that led to the death and consequent fracas between the youths and the police.
I learnt that the deceased has two children. I have released N10 million fund to be used for their education, to reduce the pain of the absence of their father and ensure their education does not suffer much because of this incident.”
Obaseki also assured the family that government will support in the burial of late David Okoniba and advised the family to take the wife of the deceased to the hospital for medical attention at government expense, as she was still traumatised from the incident.