Friday, 23 September 2016

Undergraduate wrongly killed by police while chasing a fraudster


A 20 year old Business Administration student who was on his way with his cousin to buy a drink on Friday at Alape Street, Ojo was mistakenly hit by police stray bullet and died on the spot.

Eldanojie Joseph  was an undergraduate student of Edo state Polytechnic. Punch gathered that  the police were chasing one Badoo an internet fraudster who fled upon sighting them.

A Punch correspondent was told that the officers took Joseph’s corpse, dumped it in the boot of the suspected fraudster’s car and drove off. Speaking with the police, the cousin Ojah stated that the police, in order to cover up their misdeed, said Joseph was a cult member. He stressed that Joseph  arrived in Lagos about three weeks ago. Noting that they grew up together attending the same primary and secondary schools. Although the deceased was an undergraduate he, Ojah was yet to secure admission to higher institution.

He narrated the incidence to police that around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy a can of soft drink. We were returning home when we learnt that some policemen were chasing somebody.
“We decided to go through the back of the market. As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet in the head and he fell down immediately. When this happened, he said he tried to call for help but ran when the police man that shot him aimed his gun at him.

It was gathered that the corpse has been taken to the morgue after it was taken to SARS. Unfortunately he stated that SARS team who conducted the opertion concluded joseph was a cult member who aimed at them so they shot.

A legal practitioner and family friend of the victim, Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the policemen must be arrested and brought to book.

He said, “Cases like this, involving SARS officers, have become rampant in the state. They kill with impunity and believe they can always get away with it. 

Whereas Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution protects the sanctity of human lives and prescribes punishment for violation of that sanctity. You cannot just take anybody’s life without a court order or judgment. We are taking up the case and justice must be done.”


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