POLICE KILLING: IKOTUN RESIDENTS PETITION HURMA FOR JUSTICE.
Residents of Onabiyi street at Ikotun community in Lagos State have called on the leadership of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) to come to their aid over the recent killing of a young cleric, Ayanfe Fatai, who was shot dead at about 8:57p.m on Wednesday in the street by a stray police bullet.
According to the spokeperson for the resident, who prefers to be anonymous, the bullet hit him in the head on his way to go and buy food for his family members for their fasting.
“Alfa went to go and buy food for his fasting when suddenly, Ikotun police officer started chasing Marwa (Keke NAPEP) riders that are still outside working. One of them shot a stray bullet that killed the young man”.
The deceased has two kids and resides at No. 6, Okuniyi Street, Igando Road, Ikotun.
Further narration reveals that the non violent residents went to Ikotun Police Division to report the incident, but they were threatened and sent away.
“We went to Ikotun Police Station to complain, but they refused to follow us, rather they started shooting and throwing bottles at us.
“We came back to drop the corps where he was killed and stay there hoping till daybreak when we will consult to know what to do.
“At about 3:16 a.m, the police came with about 10 Hilux and 1RRS Hamoured Tank to take the corpse but we rejected. They began to shoot sporadically that everybody had to run for their lives.
They finally went away with the body”.
The late Alfa Fatai Ayanfe was described as a hard-working young man who practiced Catering and Decoration.
He was a respected leader in the Yahdullahi Islamic Society of Nigeria with headquarters at Olohuntosin Central Mosque at Moshalashi Bus-Stop, Igando Road, Lagos.
The Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, has however cautioned family members and friends to remain calm and never attempt taking the laws into their hand and promised that the case would be ensured justice under the supervision of current reliable leadership of the Nigeria Police Force.