10th December, 2010
A group, Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM, has strongly condemned, and demandedÂ the immediate arrest and prosecution of a trigger-happy Divisional Police OfficerÂ DPO, Mr. Mohammed Bala of the Olosan Police Station Shomolu over the gruesome murderÂ of Mr. Oluwafemi Olayiwola, popularly known as Femi Best.
The group disclosed that the DPO shot Femi Best on SundayÂ 5December, at Onipanu busÂ stop, Lagos around 5a.m. as the victim attempted to run into Onipanu Police Station,Â for protection.
The crisis was further mismanaged and compounded by other police officers aroundÂ who tear-gassed and shot at protesting youths, injuring some who are presentlyÂ receiving medical treatment.
In a press statement released by DSM, the group described the dastardly act as oneÂ out of many inhuman and unjustified killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians by menÂ of the Nigerian Police Force who are expected to protect lives and properties.
â€œThe gruesome murder of Charles Okoroafor and Tunde Olotu is still very fresh in ourÂ memories. Â It should be recalled that Tunde Olotu was murdered by the policemen whoÂ shot at protesters during a protest on SaturdayÂ 3 April, this year, held followingÂ the gruesome murder of Charles Okoroafor on Thursday 1April,this year at a footballÂ viewing centre by the police during one of their usual illegal raids in Ajegunle,â€Â DSM stated.
DSM, therefore, demanded for a full scale investigation into the matter,to beÂ conducted by a panel made up of members of the civil society, Nigeria BarÂ Association, NBA and the Shomolu community.
It also requested for an immediate compensation to be paid to the family of theÂ deceased.