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Family of slain politician demands justice

By Esther Onyegbula

Family, friends and residents of Agege town in Lagos are demanding justice in the case of Mr. Peter Eyitayo, alias Abuna, a politician, who was shot dead last Friday by unknown persons.

Vanguard gathered that Eyitayo was killed during a clash between supporters of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

His 69-year-old mother, Alice Eyitayo, said: “All we want is justice. I do not want my son to die in vain. The police should investigate the killing and bring those involved to book.

“I had a dream about him the night before he was killed. And so I tried to call him all through that morning, but we were unable to reach him. Later his wife called to say that she heard that he was stabbed.

“When I got the news I began to call his phone. Later, someone who claimed to be his friend picked his phone and told us that he had been shot at Agege and that his corpse was lying on the ground at the Police station.

“When my sister and I got to Elere Divisional Police Station, around Agege area they said the DPO was having a meeting with some All Progressives Party, APC, chieftains. After the meeting, we told him we had come in respect of the man who was shot.

“In a very rude and impolite manner, he said we should go to the council.

“Fortunately, we met with the Commissioner for Transport at the police station, who spoke politely to us. He told us that my son’s corpse had been deposited in the mortuary.”

She alleged that police authorities know his son’s killer.

One of the wives of the deceased, Kafayat, said: “My husband was at home when somebody called him, saying there was problem where Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials were distributing the permanent voter’s cards.

“He rushed there only to be shot by unknown persons. I still cannot believe my husband is dead. When I first heard the news, I thought I was dreaming.”

Vanguard gathered that late Eyitayo, who is the only surviving child of six children, had two wives and four children, with the eldest being four years old and the youngest, about two.




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