…as Navy moves corpses of twin brothers to its morgue
Police bury third victim
By Evelyn Usman
Indication emerged, yesterday, that the devastated mother of the deceased twin brothers, who were shot to death alongside their friend, weekend, by a drunken mobile policeman, in front of Paulson Hotel in Ketu area of Lagos has refused to eat since the incident.
Sleep has also eluded the 75 year-old woman, who only stares at sympathisers, who throng her relative’s home on Ojefemi Street to console her over the loss of her 34-year-old twin children.
It was, however, discovered that the septuagenarian has two daughters, contrary to earlier report that the deceased were her only children.
As at yesterday, she was moved out of Ketu to Ogun State by her daughters, following her deteriorating health condition, owing to her refusal to eat and sleep.
Meanwhile, Adesanya Adegoke, popularly known as Jeje, who was shot to death alongside the twin brothers, had been buried. The remains of the 35-year-old trader, who hailed from Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, was interred in a cemetery around Ikorodu at 7.24p.m., Sunday.
Vanguard gathered that he was buried by the Police, with the consent of the family.
However, the corpses of the deceased twin brothers; Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle are at the moment under the Nigerian Navy, NN, custody. The corpses were reportedly transferred from the Ikorodu General Hospital morgue to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo, by some naval personnel, yesterday.
The trio were killed by a trigger happy Mobile policeman, Sergeant Stephen James, following their refusal to buy him a bottle of beer. He thereafter, shot himself.
When Vanguard arrived Ajefemi Street, yesterday, the septuagenarian was sighted coming out from one of the apartments on 6, Ajefemi Street. She cast a blank stare on everyone around, as she was ushered into a waiting vehicle to take her to Ogun State. Her two daughters and a family member joined her in the vehicle.
Speaking with Vanguard shortly before they left, the septuagenarian’s in-law, Mr. Segun Shodunke, said: “I am taking Mama to my house. The incident is so devastating. Taiye and Kehinde were like my biological children.
“Unfortunately, since the incident happened, the Police have not visited to console with Mama. We learned that the Commissioner of Police was at the hotel on Sunday, but he never came here.”
He also denied news that the deceased twins were cultists.
He said: “Taye was a naval man. He joined the Nigerian Navy about four years ago. I don’t think a military man can join a cult because he has access to a gun by the government. Kehinde on his part was working at Mega Con Oil station at toll gate, as an account officer.
“Currently, the corpses are in Navy custody. They (naval personnel ) came this (yesterday) morning to take them to their morgue. All we want is justice and I know that government knows what it is supposed to do.”
‘My last moment with Adegoke’
Also on 3, Dairo Street, one of late Adegoke friends, who claimed to have witnessed his interment, said: “My friend was buried at exactly 7.24p.m., by some policemen on Sunday. Some of his family members were present. His family members gave their consent to his being buried because they said they didn’t want trouble.
“The last moment I shared with him (late Adegoke) was a memorable one. He visited my house that fateful day, which was also his birthday. He came with a pack of food he bought from an eatery. Playfully, I collected the food from him and ate. Like the easy-going person he was, he never complained. He later left, only for me to receive a call that threw me off balance.
“The caller informed me that Adegoke had been shot by a policeman. I rushed down to Paulson Hotel, where to my greatest shock, I saw corpses littered on the ground. I went to Jeje’s body, carried him and shook him vigorously as I called out his name, hoping he would answer. But there was dead silence. I have known him for 20 years. He was an an amiable person.”
Taiwo Oyesunle’s burial
Vanguard learned that when news of the death of one of their own filtered into the Navy Ordinance Depot, where late Taiwo Oyesunle, an Ordinary Seaman served, dead silence pervaded the premises.
Naval sources said preparation was on to bury Taiwo. On whether Kehinde would also be buried by the Navy, naval sources said that would depend on the decision reached with members of the bereaved family.
“What is obtainable in this kind of situation is to identify the body, which we have done and we discovered he was our personnel. Thereafter, discussion with members of the family will follow, on burial. Our responsibility is to take responsibility forthe burial of any of our person who dies in service.
“But in this case, if it is convenient for the Navy, his twin brother may be buried with him after we would have finished burying our own.”
It was gathered that while some naval personnel came to remove the body of late Taiwo from the morgue, some family members pleaded with them to also take that of his twin, in order to allow easy access to both bodies.