The family of a teenager shot by the police in Lagos State are not happy with the way the force is trying to turn the case on its head.
The teenager, Samuel Omojuwa, according to the Punch, was reportedly shot by a policeman identified simply as Inspector Gboyega, attached to the Ketu Police Division, while his elder brother, David, a businessman, was also attacked with a cutlass by another member of the three-man police team on Omojuwa Street on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
It was gathered that the police team had attempted to arrest a commercial motorcycle rider for allegedly breaking a traffic rule and the rider whose motorcycle was reportedly confiscated, was said to have struggled with the officers.
It was further learned that David whose father is a community leader in the area, reportedly approached the policemen to plead on behalf of the Okadaman but that did not go down well with the officers who brought out a cutlass and attacked the mediator.
The 18-year-old who was standing on the balcony of their house close to the scene was said to have hurled abuses at the officers who turned and shot him in the leg.
A resident of the area who witnessed the scene, Abayomi Salaudeen, narrated what transpired:
“The policemen are well known to us. So David thought he could mediate. But one of them, who didn’t know David, attacked him with a cutlass.
His younger brother, Samuel, who witnessed the incident, abused the officers from the front of their house, which was a bit far from the scene. One of the policemen fired a shot, which hit him in the leg.”
However, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Supol Dolapo Badmos, denied that the policemen shot Samuel and attacked David with a cutlass, saying the police were not farmers.
“The report from the division was that some hoodlums went on the rampage around Ilele Street, Kosofe, after which two of them, Yusuf Aliu and Yusuf Mojeed, were arrested for being in possession of items suspected to be hemp by operatives of the division.
The policemen were attacked. It is not true that the policemen use a cutlass. How can they use a cutlass when they are not farmers?”
But an elder brother of the victim, Monday Omojuwa based in the United States of America, has punctured holes in the claims that the police was attacked.
This is what he posted on his Facebook wall:
"Days are Numbered! This evil act must STOP! I am the elder brother of said victim. I spoke with the DCO and he said the officer who led the operation was officer Adegboyegha and refused to release further information but hung up on interrogation.
I then called Samuel and ask him what happened? It was a DEADLY EXPERIENCE! The painful part of it all is the attempted case the police tried to twist by putting cutlass, broken bottle and bullet in front of the victim at their inner office.
But Samuel insisted on complying with whatever allegations they came up with. They began to beat him the more with a cutlass. After the crowd began to yell and scream, calls were made to the DPO, that was when they brought Samuel out of inner custody to take him to the hospital.
This EVIL must come to an end! Many are the victim of affliction by Nigerian Police but the Lord will put an end to it.
We must share this evil deed by Nigeria Police because lives of the citizens matter a lot. So many have lost their lives via scenarios like this because no voice was heard. I will get the best attorney and take this beyond ordinary until Justice is received.
Please share my story! To Save other people's life and this calls for a Reform in the Nigeria Police.
Many are in the Prison for the same reason. Many have been afflicted by the NIGERIAN POLICE!"
The family of the victim have vowed to continue to pursue justice to any length if that will bring the offending officers to book and plans are underway to petition the Inspector General of Police on the incident.