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MURDER AT ONIPANU: Police Close Ikorodu Road Service Lane

Onipanu service lane this morning:police bar traffic to avoid protest. Inset: The murder victim, Femi Olayiwola. PHOTO: PAUL SANUSI.

•Onipanu service lane this morning:police bar traffic to avoid protest. Inset: The murder victim, Femi Olayiwola. PHOTO: PAUL SANUSI.

The police this morning closed a portion of the service lane on Ikorodu Road from  Fadeyi to Palmgrove to prevent youths from protesting the death of a Somolu  resident, allegedly killed by a divisional police officer (DPO) at Olosan, Mushin,  Lagos.

•Onipanu service lane this morning:police bar traffic to avoid protest. Inset: The murder victim, Femi Olayiwola. PHOTO: PAUL SANUSI.

The police took the action, P.M.NEWS gathered, to prevent the breakdown of law and  order following information that the youths planned to march to Alausa, seat of the  Lagos State government to register their grievances over the death of a diesel  dealer, Femi Olayiwola, who was shot in his car early in the morning yesterday by  the DPO of Olosan Police Station, Mushin.

The commander, Area ‘H’, Mr. Godwin Nwobodo, confirmed the arrest of the police  officer yesterday to P.M.NEWS, adding that the matter will be investigated and the  culprit charged to court.

“I am an Assistant Commissioner of Police. I cannot tell you any lie. The policeman  that killed your brother is a DPO in Mushin, Olosan Police Station, and he has been  arrested. He is in our custody now. But I do not know why he killed the man,” he  stated.

Investigations revealed that the 29-year old diesel dealer was in company of  his  brother, identified as Sunday and three others,  a man and two ladies, in the  deceased’s Honda Odyssey car with registration number BX 714 KSF when he was shot  dead.

They were said to be coming from a party when they noticed that a Camry car with  tinted glasses was pursuing them. In the course of seeking refuge at Onipanu Police  Station, the DPO allgedly moved closer to the deceased and fired bullets at him in  the car, killing him instantly.

Speaking on the incident, elder brother of the deceased who identified himself as  Ola said:” Yesterday, Femi told me that he was going to a party but because I was  too tired, I could not follow him.

“ I learnt that on his way back home this morning, he saw a Camry car with tinted  glasses moving closer to him and he was afraid to stop. He ran to the Onipanu police  station for protection and there the DPO shot him dead.

“I heard people that were with him in the car said a policeman from Olosan police  station shot him dead.”

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Ola appealed to the Lagos government and the police to take necessary action against  the killer of his younger brother.

Wife of the deceased told P.M.NEWS that his husband was shot dead while coming from  a party.

“My husband is not a thief. He went to a party with friends and he was killed just  like that by a DPO. I want the government to help me find the killer of my husband,”  Tamilore pleaded.

The elder brother to the deceased, Sunday, who was in the car with the deceased when  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 incident  occurred around 5a.m. He saw some policemen blocking the service lane. In his quest  to know what was happening, he waited and the next thing he saw was that a fat man  came out from his car and shot the man that drove a car in his front.

“I was at the bus stop about 5 a.m., going to Ketu when I noticed that some  policemen blocked the service lane. I waited to see what was happening. The next  thing I saw was that a fat man came out from his car and shot the man in another car  in his front.

“Government should hold this station (Onipanu Police Station) very well  known to  the killer of the man,” he said.

—Paul Sanusi & Ayodeji Dedeigbo

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