BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE, Benin
…Family petitions CP
WHEN Mr.Destiny Diomamedo,30, and an ex-militant went to an eatery joint, “Mama Cool Restaurant”, situated at 22, Ist Ivbiore Street, off Wire Road, Benin City along with his friends to eat on the January 4, 2012, little did he know it was going to be his last day on earth.
He was allegedly killed by some men of the Nigeria Police Force from the Anti-kidnapping section at the Edo state Command led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). They were said to have stormed the restaurant while the late Adiomamedo and his friends were waiting in the queue to be served.
The family of the late Adiomamedo represented by one Mr. Emwanta in a letter through their counsel, Mr. Edward Yalaju, titled: “Unlawful, Killing and Indiscriminate Murder of Mr. Destiny Adiomamedo addressed to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olayinka Balogun, said the Police on arrival at the restaurant, “ordered the owner, one Mrs Charity Omoregie to show them where her customers were eating and on getting to where the said Mr. Destiny Adiomamedo, his friends and one Moses were waiting to be served food, the policemen ordered everybody present to lie down. They reportedly searched them and nothing incriminating was found on them, and other persons in the restaurant.
The counsel said that his client further informed him that the owner of the restaurant was quoted to have said that there was a mild drama and pandemonium when the police ordered the Destiny Adiomamedo to lie down, but he refused and was going towards his car when suddenly, the ASP shot him twice at the back and he died.
“Shortly, other policemen were quarreling with the ASP for shooting Adiomamedo. There was a hot exchange of words between them. The ASP alleged that Adiomamedo is on police wanted list, but there was disagreement in that allegation amongst the policemen.”
The Lawyer further said the police later took away the corpse and arrested his friend, Moses who is presently being detained at the anti-kidnapping section of the Edo State Police Command. He disclosed that two days later, some policemen came back to the restaurant to remove the two cars, a Mercedes Benz and another car belonging to the murdered Adiomamedo and his friend.
According to him, “Our client informed us that immediately the ASP carried out the murder, there was confusion and buck-passing by the police officers accusing each other over the gruesome murder of Adiomamedo whom they took to the Military Hospital Mortuary, Benin- City.
“That our client further informed us that at the point of arrest of the said Mr. Destiny Adiomamedo, there was exchange of words between the ASP and him, suggesting malice and vendetta for this unlawful and indiscriminate killing of an innocent citizen who was unarmed. Witnesses abound apart from the owner of the restaurant and they can testify to this heinous act without trial of the deceased in the hands of men of the anti- kidnapping section of the Nigeria Police.”
The Lawyer further alleged that, “Surprisingly, after two days of the unlawful killing, the police arrested the owner of the restaurant and were demanding for the sum of N500,000 for bail. She made a statement to the police and gave a vivid account of this gory incident but was bailed immediately following the intervention of the Commissioner of police , but surprisingly, these same officers before releasing her,collected the sum of N400,0000.
“We demand for a full investigation immediately. We therefore passionately plead with you to call for the case file to preserve her statement because in any modern society, there are ways of dealing with any person who is alleged to be a criminal, extra- judicial killing has no place in modern society, and killing of anybody outside the law is unacceptable”.
Saying that the late Destiny Adiomamedo has a right to life as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, he noted that nothing in the said Constitution justifies extra-judicial killing of any person no matter the offense he may have committed.
The family therefore pleaded with the Commissioner of Police to wade into the matter of the disregard for life, unravel and bring to book the officers who shot the young man dead,and other officers of the anti–kidnapping section of the state police command involved in the killing.
Besides, the family of the deceased is urgently requesting for a coroner inquest to be made in order to obtain the autopsy and investigation report of the murder of the innocent citizen who is presumed innocent until proved guilty, just as they added that this extra-judicial killing should not be swept under the carpet.
When contacted, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olayinka Balogun said he was not the Commissioner in charge of the state when the incident occurred. He, however, promised to step up investigation into the issue.