Families of suspects killed by police demand money, public apology
Families of two men shot dead by the police in Lagos State for alleged robbery have absolved them of any crime. They have therefore demanded a public apology, N2 billion compensation from the police and release of the bodies of their children for burial.
According to the families, one of the deceased was a youth corps member while another was a businessman. The video of the extrajudicial killing of the deceased went viral on social media.
Following the viral video, the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, ordered a thorough investigation into the matter. Consequently, four policemen, namely Fabiyi Olumuyiwa, Olaniyi Solomon, Solomon Sunday and Aliyu Mukaila, of Adolf Police Station, were arrested, tried and dismissed from the force. The four policemen are currently standing trial in a court of law for murder.
The families, who spoke through their lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, said they wanted to clear the names of their children that have been tarnished before they sue the police for irreparable damages caused to the families.
Adesina, at a press conference held in his office in Lagos, said one of the victims, Ogheneovo Ebobo was a genuine businessman while Soloja Ayodele Gabriel was a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving in Kogi State who had just come to Lagos for the Sallah celebration when they were shot by the police.
Adesina, who said he did not trust police investigation into the matter, has appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Lagos State Commissioner of Justice to wade into the issue, to ensure that justice prevails.
He said: “We expressed on behalf of our clients, deep suspicion and reservation on this development given the dubious and criminal antecedent of the Nigeria Police, a matter of this nature only the extremely naive, can ever trust the police.
The tendency has always been to cover the grouse unprofessionalism, and hideous crimes of her officers and men, in this case, the police only took some seemingly positive steps in the direction of sanctioning their men, only because of undeniable press exposure of the murder.
“Our pains are that our clients have not seen the bodies of their murdered relatives taken away by the police after the gruesome murder. Second, in the preferred charge against the killer policemen, the prosecutors have already dubiously clothed the victims with the cloak of anonymity, this is plain dishonesty. Our client’s link to the deceased by the inquiries at the Adolff Police Station is clear, yet, the police are telling an official lie that the victim’s identities are presently unknown. We have every course to believe that the police authority is merrily shedding crocodile tears in this matter and paying lip service to serve justice.”
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