The family of a man shot dead last Tuesday by policemen from Alakara police station in Lagos has claimed the body of the
deceased and buried him yesterday in
Ibadan, SaharaReporters has learned.
The victim, identified as 23-year
old Lawal Toheeb, was shot and killed at 9: 30 p.m. on the night of
July 22 at Alakara junction in Mushin, Lagos State.
Several eyewitnesses said the
police, who were at their usual pastime of demanding bribes from bus
drivers, had shot at a bus whose driver resisted their demand. The
gunshot killed Mr. Toheeb, a passenger in the bus, but the driver and
other passengers scampered for safety.
The policemen had immediately
cleaned blood stains from the scene of their murder and removed the body
of the victim. Eyewitnesses, who suspected that the police would try to
cover their murderous crime, reported the atrocity to SaharaReporters.
A witness, who owns a business
stall in the area, also claimed that the police caused the automobile
accident in 2010 that claimed the life of a budding rap artiste, Olaitan
Olanipekun, aka Da Grin. He said the police had stopped a truck loaded
with cement in the middle of the road in order to harass the driver for a
bribe. “The cement truck had no rear lights on, so the musician who was
driving an oncoming car did not know there was any vehicle ahead and
rammed into it without holding the brake,” said the source. He added
that the policemen asked the truck driver to pull up and out of the
road, and then they moved Da Grin's car too to give the appearance that
the musician’s car hit a truck parked by the roadside.
A relative of Mr. Toheeb told
SaharaReporters that the police admitted to his killing and took
responsibility for his burial. The source added that the police told Mr.
Toheeb’s family that the officer who fired the fatal bullet had been
detained for punishment. The name of the killer cop was, however, not