BY GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO-EKITI – Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged the police authorities to prosecute the alleged killer of Miss Tayo Abe, 27, who was shot dead at Orin Ekiti last week.
Tayo and two of her siblings were shot by an unnamed policeman along Ido /Orin Ekiti last Thursday while harvesting corn in their farm when suddenly the policemen allegedly opened fire on them; leaving Miss Abe dead, while her two other siblings were seriously injured.
Four other people were shot at Ido Ekiti when an angry mob stormed the police station in protest against the attack.
Fayemi who spoke after paying a visit to the family of the deceased at Orin and other victims at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, at Ido where they are receiving treatment, the Governor condemned the act , saying it was “unfortunate and horrible”. He added that it was shocking that law enforcement agents could take laws into their own hands.
The Governor said: “We don’t need this in our environment. We need peace and stability. If citizens are not killing each other, why should the police that should be protecting us be the ones doing it? I know that the leadership of the Police is embarrassed by this, but the only way to prove that is to ensure that the full penalty of the law is meted on them”.
Fayemi, who said that investigation was still on-going on the heinous act, stressed the need for continuous re-training of policemen in the use of fire-arms, adding that law enforcement agents must abide by the standard procedure on the use of fire-arms.
He said the policemen should have known that the deceased and her siblings were innocent unless the court said otherwise and urged law enforcement officers to always use their weapon with “decorum, restraint and sense of responsibility”.
He however appealed to the citizens not to take laws into their hands whenever they are provoked by men of the Nigeria Police; adding that the attack on the police station was needless, and insisted on the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
Fayemi also commiserated with the family of the deceased and assured that government would not only ensure that justice prevails but also cater for the family to assuage their pain while the medical bills of the casualties would be taken care of by government.
Meanwhile the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Uduodo Adat has condemned the act, saying it was an embarrassment to the Nigerian Police.
Adat said he had expected the policemen to act in consonance with order 237 of the Nigeria Police which restrains policemen from abusive use of their fire-arms