6th December, 2010
The police this morning closed a portion of the service lane on Ikorodu Road fromÂ Fadeyi to Palmgrove to prevent youths from protesting the death of a SomoluÂ resident, allegedly killed by a divisional police officer (DPO) at Olosan, Mushin,Â Lagos.
The police took the action, P.M.NEWS gathered, to prevent the breakdown of law andÂ order following information that the youths planned to march to Alausa, seat of theÂ Lagos State government to register their grievances over the death of a dieselÂ dealer, Femi Olayiwola, who was shot in his car early in the morning yesterday byÂ the DPO of Olosan Police Station, Mushin.
The commander, Area â€˜Hâ€™, Mr. Godwin Nwobodo, confirmed the arrest of the policeÂ officer yesterday to P.M.NEWS, adding that the matter will be investigated and theÂ culprit charged to court.
â€œI am an Assistant Commissioner of Police. I cannot tell you any lie. The policemanÂ that killed your brother is a DPO in Mushin, Olosan Police Station, and he has beenÂ arrested. He is in our custody now. But I do not know why he killed the man,â€ heÂ stated.
Investigations revealed that the 29-year old diesel dealer was in company ofÂ hisÂ brother, identified as Sunday and three others,Â a man and two ladies, in theÂ deceasedâ€™s Honda Odyssey car with registration number BX 714 KSF when he was shotÂ dead.
They were said to be coming from a party when they noticed that a Camry car withÂ tinted glasses was pursuing them. In the course of seeking refuge at Onipanu PoliceÂ Station, the DPO allgedly moved closer to the deceased and fired bullets at him inÂ the car, killing him instantly.
Speaking on the incident, elder brother of the deceased who identified himself asÂ Ola said:â€ Yesterday, Femi told me that he was going to a party but because I wasÂ too tired, I could not follow him.
â€œ I learnt that on his way back home this morning, he saw a Camry car with tintedÂ glasses moving closer to him and he was afraid to stop. He ran to the Onipanu policeÂ station for protection and there the DPO shot him dead.
â€œI heard people that were with him in the car said a policeman from Olosan policeÂ station shot him dead.â€
Ola appealed to the Lagos government and the police to take necessary action againstÂ the killer of his younger brother.
Wife of the deceased told P.M.NEWS that his husband was shot dead while coming fromÂ a party.
â€œMy husband is not a thief. He went to a party with friends and he was killed justÂ like that by a DPO. I want the government to help me find the killer of my husband,â€Â Tamilore pleaded.
The elder brother to the deceased, Sunday, who was in the car with the deceased whenÂ he was shot dead by the DPO, was speechless, when asked to comment on the incident.
A witness at the murder scene, Mr. M. A. Idowu, told P.M.NEWS that the incidentÂ occurred around 5a.m. He saw some policemen blocking the service lane. In his questÂ to know what was happening, he waited and the next thing he saw was that a fat manÂ came out from his car and shot the man that drove a car in his front.
â€œI was at the bus stop about 5 a.m., going to Ketu when I noticed that someÂ policemen blocked the service lane. I waited to see what was happening. The nextÂ thing I saw was that a fat man came out from his car and shot the man in another carÂ in his front.
â€œGovernment should hold this station (Onipanu Police Station) very wellÂ known toÂ the killer of the man,â€ he said.
â€”Paul Sanusi & Ayodeji Dedeigbo