By Dayo Johnson
FAMILY of late staff of the Akure Local Government area of Ondo State who was shot dead by a mobile policeman last week has pleaded with the police authorities in the state to release the corpse of their son, Dayo Adeola for burial.
The family made the request when their members paid a visit to the Chairman of the Council, Tayo Oluwatuyi.
According to them, the deceased was a good muslim before he was killed by the policeman and needed to be buried in line with Islamic injunctions.
Spokesperson of the family, Alhaji Ahmed Adeola said, â€œwe are begging you to intervene so that the police will release the corpse of the late boy to us for burial according to Islamic injunctions.
â€œIslam does not permit a corpse to be delayed before burial. We want you to use your good office to talk to the police to release the corpse of our son to us without any further delay
â€œOur son is a Muslim and we will not want his corpse to suffer unduly. We appeal to the authority to release his corpse on time so that we can organise for his burialâ€
The appeal was coming on the heels of the arraignment of the policeman, Mayowa Abolarin, in court for murder by the police authorities in the state.
Abolarin was charged before an Akure Magistrate Court late on Monday after he was dismissed from the force by the police authorities on Saturday.
This followed a three member panel set up to investigate the matter which recommended Abolarinâ€™s dismissal from the police.
Abolarin was brought to the court on Monday in handcuffs and limping following gun shot he reportedly sustained after he shot himself to show that he was first shot by the bus driver which necessitated his retaliation. Adeniran, however said the suspect had been remanded at the Olokuta maximum prison.
Adeola, a member of staff of the Akure South Local Government Area attached to the Works Department, was on his way back to the office from a nearby canteen after having his breakfast when the police bullets hit him and he died on the spot.
Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has paid a condolence visit to the management and staff of Akure South Local Government over the killing of Adeola and assured that justice will be done on the matter.
The Governor, who was received by the Chairman of the Councilâ€™s Interim Committee, Mr. Tayo Oluwatutyi, appreciated the manner and way the council staff handled the matter in a civilized manner.
According to him â€œI must commend you for your maturity and the faith you have in your leadership.Â For refusing to take law into your hands, Iâ€™m very proud of you.Â You have demonstrated a high sense of maturity which shows that we are civilized in Ondo Stateâ€.
â€œThis is very sad.Â I was particularly sad; especially after the unfortunate incident that happened recently,â€ said the Governor.
While thanking the State Commissioner of Police and the Director of the State Security Service (SSS) for their quick and timely intervention in the incident, the Governor assured the people of the state of governmentâ€™s determination to sustain the prevailing peace and tranquility in the state.
He noted that government has put in place a measure to enhance the responsiveness of security agencies in the state and make them more proactive in addressing their challenges.
The Governor commiserated with the family of the deceased and promised adequate compensation for them.