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Anger as Police kill 78-year-old Baale

FOR Pa Amos Oriyomi, the Baale of Bamgbelu Parafa community in Ikorodu, outskirts of Lagos;  it was like the biblical last super  He had barely finished dinning with some visitors who had earlier called when death came calling.

Time was 5.30pm and date was November 10, 2011.  But unlike what happened to Jesus Christ after the last super, those that came to snuff life out the 78- year-old traditional ruler were never known to him, they were those who incidentally swore to protect lives and property at the point of recruitment, that same life they came to destroy.

Pa Oriyomi and Yakubu Alkali, Commissioner of Police, Lagos

Crime Alert Scooped that on that ill-fated day, Pa Oriyomi was unruffled and was eating with some visitors inside his compound when a loud scream was heard outside.  Soon after, some people ran into his compound with a shout police, police; and the septuagenarian didn’t see that as strange because he had not done anything that would warrant police into his compound; more so, when he was the Baale of the community.

But Pa Oriyomi was to receive the shock of his life when some policemen stormed his compound and ordered everybody to freeze.  Surprised at that language, he reportedly called the gun wielding policemen to be calm stressing that he was the traditional ruler of the community;  but that was dismissed with the wave of the hand as the policemen insisted that everybody including the Baale  should move on a single file into their waiting van outside.

Like a lamb led to the slaughter, Pa Oriyomi and his visitors filed into the police patrol van however, to the consternation of sympathizers and some community leaders.  They insisted that the police could not take their leader away in a patrol van like a common criminal without any cogent reason.

The mild argument forced the men in uniform to bow  to pressure and allowed the traditional ruler to alight and go while they go with others arrested in his compound.  However, tragedy struck after a trigger-happy police Corporal identified as Alepa attached to Igede Division pointed his gun behind Pa Oriyomi while alighting from the van and pulled the trigger.

The sharp loud from the nuzzle of the gun sent the Baale straight to the ground in the pool  of his blood.  He was dead even before medial help could reach him.

Apparently sensing danger,  the policemen zoomed off while youths of Bamgbelu Parafa  gave them a hot chase.  More aggrieved sympathizers later joined the protesting youth and surged towards the Igede Police station with a view to razing it down but  again, a team of anti-riot policemen were on hand and succeeded in dispersing them by firing canister of tear gas.

When contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Samuel Jinadu said he was yet to be briefed on the shooting saying, “Let me get the DPO of the Division and I will get back to you.”    But the Area ‘N’ Commander under which Igede Division is ,  ACP Marcos Omuiyadun told Crime Alert on the phone that the situation was under control adding that,   the policemen that went for the raid have been arrested and detained.

Some of residents of Bamgbelu Parafa who spoke on phone berated police in the newly created Area command saying that their recklessness was getting out of hand.  They claimed that the men and officers of the command were noted for illegal road blocks, extortion and sporadic shooting.


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