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Court summons IGP, others over death of hotelier

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
14 July 2022   |   2:39 am
Justice Taiwo Oladokun, of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Assistant Inspector General of Police, (AIG) Zone 2, to appear before it over alleged compromise

Bakare

Justice Taiwo Oladokun, of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, yesterday, ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Assistant Inspector General of Police, (AIG) Zone 2, to appear before it over alleged compromise in the investigation of the death of the owner of Bama Hotel and Suite, Alaba Bakare.

  
The judge also ordered that the police be served with the court processes, following an affidavit of urgency attached to the motion on notice brought before the court by the deceased’s family.
  
Bakare’s family alleged that the police did not conclude the investigation on the death of the deceased over the past months the incident happened.
    
Bakare was alleged to have been killed by his wife, Motunrayo,  on January 24, 2022. The wife is accused of placing a hot electric pressing iron on his chest, neck and nose, which resulted in his sudden death.
 
  
However, in a suit filed by the family of the deceased through their counsel, Mr. Olusegun Raji, marked ID/5818GCM/2022, they prayed the court to summon the IGP and others.
 
Aside IGP, other respondents in the suit include the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), AIG Zone 2 Police  Headquarter, Onikan, Lagos and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.
 
Also, the Deputy Commissioner of Police State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos, and the Divisional Police Officer, Elere Police Station were named first to seventh respondents respectively.
 
Raji, in a motion on notice, is praying the court for an order to compel the police to carry out a proper investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Bakare.
 
The family of the deceased alleged that the police officer(s) designated to carry out the investigation was compromised.
 
At the resumed hearing, Raji told the court that his motion on notice was brought pursuant to Sections 104(1)(2) and (3) of the Evidence Act 2011 and Section 36(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
Raji urged the court to compel the third to seven defendants by a way of mandamus to carry out a proper autopsy on the corpse of the deceased in the presence of both the deceased’s family, hired pathologist and the pathologist to be hired by the deceased’s wife, within a reasonable period of time from the day the application was effected.
 
In a 30-paragraph affidavit in support of his motion, the family averred that the deceased’s wife confessed to the third to seven respondents that she placed hot electric pressing iron on the deceased‘s chest, neck and nose, which resulted in his sudden death.
 
The family therefore prayed the court to suspend the fabricated autopsy report titled: “Report of Medical Examiner” dated February 8, 2022 together with the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) legal advice dated April 29 with reference number  LJP/HOM/2022/41, which advice is predicated on the alleged fabricated post-mortem report pending the effective determination of this application.
 
Raji, therefore, told the court that all parties involved had been served on June 8, but the  IGP and  AIG had declined the service.
 
Subsequently, Justice Oladokun adjourned to July 15, 2022, for a report of proof of service on the third and fourth respondents
 
Recall that the owner of Bama Hotel and Suites in the Abule Egba area of Lagos, Alaba Bakare was reportedly killed by his wife for impregnating his side chick.
  
The hotelier was allegedly killed by his wife, Motunrayo, while asleep were married for eight years with three children.