The trigger-happy police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the Lagos State Police Command who
The young student was reportedly sent to an early grave when the SARS officers were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster at the Ogoja Market along LASU-Igando Road and started shooting sporadically.
The bullet was said to have hit Joseph in the head, while his cousin with whom he had gone to buy canned drinks, Friday Ojah, fled to avoid being killed.
After shooting the boy, the policemen reportedly took his corpse and dumped it in the boot of the fraudster’s car, before driving away to the command headquarters where they said the boy was a cultist who was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with the police.
But reports emanating from the Command has it that the officer who fired the deadly shot had been arrested and taken to the scene of the incident on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
A police source said:
“He was arrested on Friday and taken in handcuffs to the place where the incident happened.
The Internet fraudster identified as Badoo lives in that community and is popular; the SARS officers also know him. He was not their target that day. They had actually conducted a raid and arrested some people.
They were leaving when they sighted him in his car. They called his name and he quickly abandoned his car and fled. He had just returned from the bank that day. Badoo had traveled to South Africa and had recently returned to the community.”
The deceased father, Patrick Eidonojie-Ugbeni, is also demanding justice for his late son.
Narrating the pain his family is going through at the moment, the man said:
“The Badoo they were chasing showed up on Friday at the SARS office with his lawyer and parents. I met the Officer-in-Charge of SARS as well.
They shot my son in the head and they claimed that he had a gun and that they shot him in self-defence. How is that possible when he was shot in the head from behind?
All I want now is that the police should release the post-mortem result and the police report on the incident.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case had been transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
“The state Commissioner of Police, , has directed that the case be investigated by the homicide section. We will come out with the full report at the conclusion of the investigation.”