Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government has called for investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old tailor apprentice, Jamiu Ayoade, allegedly killed by the Divisional…
Police Officer, Ijesha Police Station, CSP Mohammed Yakubu.
The Director, Public Advice Centre, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Tola Akinsanya, on Tuesday said concerned authorities in the state would follow up to ensure justice in the matter.
The Public Advice Centre held a meeting with the family of the deceased on Tuesday in Ikeja on the incident.
It had been reported that the DPO had around 7.30pm on Sunday led some policemen to Wosilatu Daudu Street, Ijeshatedo, where Jamiu was attending his friend’s birthday party.
The operatives, who were said to be raiding the area, shot into the air to disperse the gathering.
It was reported that the DPO chased Jamiu and other fun seekers into a building and shot him in the head at a close range. One Akeem also sustained a gunshot injury in the hand.
Jamiu was said to have bled to death while he was being rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
On Monday, the DPO, during a visit to the office of one Mrs. Raji, an official of the Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area, reportedly said Jamiu was a suspect wanted by the police.
The deceased’s elder brother, Taofiq Ayoade, and stepsister, Mrs. Sadiat Ogunsola, however, debunked the claim, demanding that the DPO be brought to book.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, had said the team raided the area to arrest some cult members.
The director of the Public Advice Centre said justice would be done.
She said, “We sympathised with the family. They were invited for a meeting today (Tuesday) and they had briefed us on what happened. We will petition the relevant authorities and follow up to ensure justice in this matter.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians, who commented on the story on PUNCH Online, condemned the DPO’s conduct and called for his prosecution.
One of them, Jerome Olowoyeye, said it was shocking that a police officer, who should be role model to his subordinates, was involved in such a dastardly act.
“A whole DPO? What a shame! He should be made to account for his action,” he added.
Another visitor, who identified himself as Okey U., wrote, “The blood sucking and overzealous police officer should be arrested, dismissed and tried. If it is true that the victim had a case to answer, was he in possession of a weapon during arrest? Was there any violent clash during the event? The family of the deceased and other victims should sue the police and make sure justice is done.”
One Ujay called on human rights groups to stand with the family in a bid to get justice, adding that Jamiu’s family should be compensated by the police.
In his comment, Sunday Njokede, said, “The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. (Abubakar) Malami, should take up this case immediately. The Lagos State Governor, Mr. (Akinwunmi) Ambode, and the Vice President should get busy with this matter right now. How would investors come into Nigeria with this kind of banana republic profile of Nigeria? There should be justice for this boy!”
When contacted to know the update on the case, the PPRO in a text message said, “Not for now, please.”