A security guard, Koleosho Abayomi, has demanded justice after a policeman allegedly shot him in his thigh at the Lekki Peninsula Scheme II, in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the cop, alongside three colleagues, all attached to the Ogombo Police Station, stormed the Lekki Peninsula Scheme II to enforce the government ban on motorcycle operations on the estate when the incident happened.
Abayomi, while speaking to our correspondent, said following the ban, some commercial motorcyclists were allowed to operate on the estate to ease the movement of residents, adding that when the policemen got to the gate, one of his colleagues, Friday, stopped their patrol vehicle.
Angered by the action, Abayomi said the policemen got down from the vehicle to challenge the security guard for stopping them.
He said when the situation was getting out of hand, he intervened.
The 49-year-old said during the intervention, one of the policemen shot him.
He said, “Since the ban on Okada in Lagos State, the Lekki Peninsula Scheme II registered its own motorcycles that operated within the estate.
“The motorcycles do not go out of the estate to operate. The measure was in place to ease the movement of residents in the estate. But since the ban on Okada operations in the state, the police at the Ogombo division usually come into the estate to raid motorcyclists.
“These motorcyclists have their jackets with identification numbers, so when the complaint got to us, we reported to the chairman of the estate, but it took time before he reported the case to the DPO to caution his men since the motorcyclists don’t operate outside the estate.
“So, the policemen kept coming. When their presence could no longer be tolerated, the chairman instructed us to always ask their mission and that was what caused the problem that day.
“When Friday flagged them down on July 17 and the policemen got out of the patrol vehicle to arrest him, I quickly intervened and sent a signal to my CSO, Greg. When he came, he was trying to pacify them when one of them shot my right thigh.
“Immediately, the CSO called the DPO and he agreed to take full responsibility for what happened. I was rushed to a nearby hospital, where I was admitted for two weeks. The doctor asked me to leave because out of the N640,000 hospital bill, the DPO only dropped N300,000.”
He said he was transferred to the Marina General Hospital because he needed a major surgical operation.
Abayomi said the DPO gave a guard who took him to the general hospital N230,000, adding that the money finished within a week.
“I called the DPO again and he sent N130,000 and when the money got exhausted, I called and called but he didn’t answer. I called my CSO and he said the DPO had promised to visit me. But I didn’t see or hear anything from the DPO. So, I sent my younger brother to him and when he saw him, he started screaming and said my family members should continue taking care of me,” he added.
Abayomi said he used his personal money and contributions from the estate management to treat himself till he was discharged.
He noted that despite being discharged, he had been limping and had not been able to fend for his wife and three children.
The Chairman of the estate, Moses Kamanya, said the policemen usually visited the estate on the pretext of searching for Internet fraudsters.
He said however, the cops usually constituted a nuisance by conducting illegal stop-and-search on the estate.
“On that very day, the policemen were grossly at fault and we ensured that the policeman who shot the security guard faced the full wrath of the law.
“As a scheme, we paid the bill for his discharge from the hospital when the police didn’t come. It was a sad incident.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he would get back to our correspondent.
He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.
Oyo: Chief Imam of Tede Is Dead
The Chief Imam of Tede, in the Oke Ogun geo-political zone in Oyo State, Alhaji Ahmad Tijani Adedigba, is dead.
DAILY POST reports that the Chief Imam, until his demise, was the Chairman of the Oke Ogun League of Imams and Alfas.
The state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, in his reaction, described the late Adedigba as a great leader and lover of peace.
He added that the deceased contributed immensely to the religious harmony being enjoyed in the Oke Ogun area of the state.
Makinde, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Sunday, added that the entire Muslim community will miss the deceased.
The governor said, “I received with sadness the news of the death of Alhaji Ahmad Tijani Adedigba, the chairman of the Oke Ogun League of Imams and Alfas and Chief Imam of Tede in Atisbo Local Government Area of the state.
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“The late Chief Imam was a man of peace and a great leader, who provided direction to the Imams and Alfas body and contributed to the peaceful religious atmosphere in Oke Ogun.
“While submitting to the will of Allah and praying to God to grant his soul Aljanah Firdaus and also abide with everyone he left behind, I am certain that the body and the Muslim Ummah in Tede will miss his immense contributions.”
Groom, 25 Others Arrested As NDLEA Burst Drug-fueled Wedding Reception
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) successfully intercepted what was purportedly a wedding reception but turned out to be an illicit drug party.
The bust resulted in the arrest of the groom and 25 individuals, as confirmed by Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy, in a statement posted on his Facebook account on Sunday.
“Say a prayer against the demon of drugs in the lives of our youths this Sunday as #ndlea_nigeria busted another drug party organised as a wedding reception. Groom and 25 others arrested,” he wrote.
The statement also said the big cartels also suffered heavy losses some hours before the arrest with the seizure of their cocaine consignments.
“The big cartels also suffered heavy loss hours ago with the seizure of their cocaine consignments,” the statement read.
The arrested individuals, including the groom, are now in custody as investigations proceed.
16 Dead, 27 Injured In Kaduna-Abuja Expressway Accident
The Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Kaduna Sector Command, says no fewer than 16 persons died and 27 sustained injuries in a road crash on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The Sector Commander, Mr Kabir Nadabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fatal road traffic crash occurred at Audu Jhangon village along the expressway on Sunday.
He explained that the crash occurred at 05:20hrs, when a Daf trailer with registration number KUJ 430XC, with overloaded goods, lost control and fell into a ditch.
”Initial reports indicate the driver was at high speed, probably due to fatigue.
“The combined rescue teams of RS1.114 Zhipe Unit Command and RS1.16B Dutse Outpost conducted the rescue operations.
“The crash involved 65 people, where 27 were injured and 16 people were deceased.
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“The injured have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment,“ he added.
Nadabo said on receiving news of the crash, he visited the scene to have first-hand information as well as direct the rescue team on the evacuation of the deceased to the morgue.
“I also directed the tow truck to remove part of the accidented trailer blocking part of the road. The operation is ongoing, and the road is free for movement,“ Nadabo said (NAN)
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