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Ogundeji: Ex-DPO to testify on sick bed

By Innocent Anaba
The Coroner Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos, which is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a member of the Thisday Editorial Board, Mr. Abayomi Ogundeji, will tomorrow temporarily move to Alagbeleye Specialist Hospital, Ikosi, Ketu area of Lagos State, to enable former Divisional Police Officer in charge of Idimu Police Station, ACP Johnson Adeniken, who is being treated for cancer in the hospital, to give his testimony on oath from his sick bed.

At the resumed sitting of the inquest yesterday, counsel to the Nigeria Police, Mrs. Susan Ezenwa, told the court that it would not be possible for Adeniken to appear in court as ordered by Senior Magistrate Mukaila Fadeyi, due to the nature of his illness.

She said Adeniken would soon travel abroad for treatment but assured the court that he (Adeniken) was willing to testify on oath, if the coroner was ready to move its sitting to the hospital.

Following the move by Ezenwa and corroborated by Mr. Bamidele Ogundele, counsel to the late Ogundeji family that from what he gathered, Adeniken was seriously sick, Fadeyi said that in the interest of justice, it was better for the court to move to the former DPO’s sick bed, to take his evidence on oath.

Meanwhile, the former Editor of Saturday Nation Newspaper, Mr. Tunji Bolaji, has told the coroner that going by the information he gathered from a reporter, who was at the scene where Ogundeji was killed, he was not killed by armed robbers as alleged by the police but by the police themselves.

He told the court that he was a close friend of the late Ogundeji, adding that he met the deceased the day he was killed and that they were to attend a function together but Ogundeji decided to go to their club house instead.

According to him, the late Ogundeji left the club house about 9 pm with a lady named Tunmishe (now deceased) and that information at his disposal revealed that Tunmishe witnessed the death of Ogundeji and had to relocate to Sagamu because of threat to her life.

He said the same reporter told him that the late Tunmishe, who resided at Sagamu before her death was allegedly approached by some police operatives who claimed to have come from Lagos and wanted to forcefully take her to Lagos for interrogation.


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