- Killers may be small-time robbers —Police source
- As Uduaghan, Fayemi ask Police to find killers
BY EMMA NNADOZIE & AUSTIN OGWUDA
LAGOS — Lagos State Police boss, Umaru Manko, was reported to have decried in strongest terms, during the command’s yesterday security meeting, the way those that killed the Deputy Editor of Daily Newswatch, Mr. Toyin Obadina, escaped without trace.
To this end, he was also said to have issued a wake-up call to all area commanders and divisional police officers in the state to swing into action with a view to rounding up all suspected criminals in their areas of jurisdiction to ensure that such killings do not happen again in the state.
A police source also told Vanguard that preliminary investigations at the scene of the crime indicated that the armed men that shot Obadina may be “small time robbers” going by the manner they executed the operation.
According to the source, they may have shot him out of fright because they could not even ransack his car in search of other valuables.
The source, however, stated that detectives will thoroughly investigate all the clues they have been able to gather from the crime scene, assuring that they are optimistic arrests will be made in no distant time.
Why Obadina died
Meantime, sources at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja told Vanguard that medical experts battled hard to save the life of the journalist but for the way the bullet perforated his intestines.
According the source that pleaded anonymity, “our best hands came together immediately he was wheeled into the theatre and we commenced operation. Unfortunately, he had about 12 serious perforations from the bullet and all efforts we made to manage the case failed.
It was medically very tasking but we thought he would survive but for the gravity of the wounds inflicted by the bullet.
Obadina’s killing is most cruel — Uduaghan
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has expressed outrage at the brutal killing of Obadina, describing it as “most cruel murder,” even as the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah lamented too.
The governor, in a statement said: “This is a most cruel murder. Even in wartime, you don’t kill a man who willingly surrenders. This is why I am particularly shocked by what these so-called robbers did. Why kill a man without any provocation?“
Uduaghan urged the police and other relevant security agencies to immediately step into the matter and bring the perpetrators to book, warning that such a heinous crime must not be allowed without the offenders being punished.
Also, the state Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, has urged the police to unravel the murder.
In a condolence message to the management of Newswatch, Ogeah lamented the shooting of Obadina when he was returning late from work to rejoin his family, noting that “unresolved deadly attacks embolden the perpetrators to continue their evil game.”
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has called on security agencies to fish out the killers of Obadina.
The governor, in a statement, said the killing has once again cast a thick pall of gloom and grief on the media profession which has lost its brightest stars in recent years.
Fayemi, who urged relevant security agencies to do everything possible to bring Obadina’s killers to justice, said failure to apprehend them could dampen the confidence of the members of the public in the security situation.
He expressed shock that a defenceless citizen could be killed in such a brazen manner, saying that failure to apprehend perpetrators of similar crimes in the past encourages criminals to kill law-abiding Nigerians.
commiserates with Newswatch
Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, has commiserated with the family, management and staff of Newswatch newspaper over the demise of Obadina.
In a statement, Abatemi-Usman, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, condemned the killing of the deputy editor.
Wondering why some people do not have value for human life, the Senator called on the police to do everything within their reach to fish out the culprits and bring them to book to serve as deterrent to others in the same deadly trade of killing innocent citizens for no just cause.