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Protest in Kwara as NURTW leader was allegedly shot dead


map-kwaraMembers of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ajase, Irepodun Local Government Area, Kwara on Saturday blocked the highway to protest alleged killing of their leader by the police.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that pandemonium broke out when a middle-aged man identified as Akeem Laduba, an NURTW leader in Ajase, was allegedly shot dead by a police patrol team.

Laduba, who was the Chairman of Ajase-Omu-Aran-Kabba unit of NURTW was said to have been killed along Igbaja-Ajase-Ipo Express Way, Kwara.

An eye witness told NAN on condition of anonymity that the deceased was trying to intervene in a brawl between the police team and a commercial motorcyclist.

According to the source, Laduba was on his way to Offa, a nearby community, when he stumbled on a police patrol beating up a commercial motorcyclist in the early hours of Saturday.

The source alleged that it was in the process of the deceased trying to intervene in the ensuing melee that he was attacked by the policemen who had queried the rationale behind his intervention.

According to the source, the victim became unconscious after he was hit by the bullet and was immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital by the police team where he later died.

“Although, I don’t know what the offence of the commercial motorcyclist was, but he was being beaten when the man (deceased) tried to save him.

“And in that process, one of the policemen attacked him, the man retaliated and then the policemen fired a shot,” the source said.

NAN reports that some members of the union had in showing their displeasure on the development stormed and blocked the highway while chanting war songs.

Vehicles going to the neigbouring Kwara towns such as Oke-Onigbin, Omu-Aran, Offa and other states as Otun in Ekiti and Osogbo in Osun were denied passage by the rampaging union members.

NAN reports that though the members had since left the highway but vehicles passing the route were forced to carry leaves on them in sympathy for the deceased.

The Kwara State Police Public Relation Officer, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, while confirming the incident to NAN, said that the shot fired “was not intentional”.

“It is true a shot was fired by a policeman, but it was not intentional.

“It was even the police that took the man to the hospital but unfortunately he died later,” he said.




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1 Comment
  • Narroway

    Parts of the duties of Police in any nation include, crimes control, peace restoration and protection of lives and properties of the people and not to destroy lives. In Nigerian history, it is sad to note that many lives have been wasted due to the brutality acts of the Police Force. Nigerian Police are yet to learn that they are not better than an ordinary man on the street simply because they are in Police uniform. Taking law into their hands to torture and to kill is against the law and such actions should be punished under the law in a civilized society (where no one is above the law). In order to restore the dignity of Police Force in our country, the Police needs to perform their major roles in the society, respect the dignity of every human life and desists from terrorizing the people they are to protect. Until then our society will not see the Police as friends but rather as foes.