LAGOS — The family of a man shot dead last Tuesday by policemen from Alakara police station in Lagos has claimed the body of the deceased and buried him yesterday in Ibadan, according to SaharaReporters, an on-line news agency.
The victim, identified as 23-year old Lawal Toheeb, was shot and killed at 9: 30 p.m. on the night of July 22 at Alakara junction in Mushin, Lagos State.
Several eyewitnesses said the police had shot at a bus, with the bullet hitting Toheeb, a passenger in the bus, while the driver and other passengers scampered for safety.
The policemen were said to have cleaned blood stains from the scene and removed the body of the victim.
Eyewitnesses, who suspected that the police would try to cover the murder, was said to have reported the atrocity to SaharaReporters.
A witness, who owns a business stall in the area, also claimed that the police caused the automobile accident in 2010 that claimed the life of a budding rap artiste, Olaitan Olanipekun, aka Da Grin.
He said the police had stopped a truck loaded with cement in the middle of the road.
“The cement truck had no rear lights on, so the musician, who was driving, did not know there was a vehicle ahead and rammed into it,” said the source.
He added that the policemen asked the truck driver to pull up and out of the road, and then they moved Da Grin’s car too to give the appearance that the musician’s car hit a truck parked by the roadside.
A relative of Toheeb told SaharaReporters that the police admitted to his killing and took responsibility for his burial. The source added that the police told Toheeb’s family that the officer who fired the fatal bullet had been detained for punishment. The name of the killer cop was, however, not disclosed.