In Lagos Family, police clash over corpse of NURTW member

The father of the deceased seeks justice for his son who died in an unjust manner

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The policemen from the Akinpelu division in Oshodi, Lagos, are said to have clashed with the family of a murdered member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),  Akeem Lawanson, 38, as they tried to remove his body from his family's residence.

This happened at Bolade, a popular part of Oshodi.

According to Punch, younger brother took the keys to the room where his remains were kept and left house 17, Ariibi Oke Street, where the incident happened, leaving the police bewildered.

After making several attempts to get the deceased out of the house, the policemen left the scene and returned to their station.

Akeem was attacked by a gang around 4 AM on Monday, March 14, 2016, while he went out to ease himself.

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He was pronounced dead at the hospital. After this, his father, Alhaji Ipadeola Lawanson took his body back to the family home and locked it up.

Punch reports that Akeem is the third child to have died in his family of four children. Now remaining his sister, who is the eldest of all the children.

Lawanson narrated that his son was killed after he was accused of taking a ticketing job, which brought about an envy situation.

He said, “Last week, one of my children, Wale, who works at the council, came to the street with policemen to arrest a tout, Ganiyu, for selling fake tickets to motorcyclists.

“He complained that Ganiyu had been cheating the council by selling fake tickets and he (Wale) had been blamed for it.

“Akeem, who was his elder brother, went to the police station where Ganiyu was held and begged on his behalf, but Wale refused and insisted he must get Ganiyu jailed for the crime.

“I also intervened and after begging the Divisional Police Officer, the case was resolved and I took Ganiyu on bail.”

He mentioned that Wale gave the ticketing job to Akeem, who in turn handed it to Afeez, a member of the family.

The development only made the situation worse, as Ganiyu and his friends  allegedly developed malice towards the deceased.

A friend named Femi, tried to mediate between the factions in a bid to ensure peace, but failed in his attempt.

Ipadeola, his father has however appealed to the parties concerned to allow the police do their job, as he hopes to get justice for his son.

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