A 20-year-old student, identified as Eldanojie Joseph has been reportedly killed by a stray bullet from a Mobile policeman at the Ogoja Market, LASU-Igando Road, Lagos State.
The Business Administration student of a Polytechnic in Edo State was said to be on a visit to his cousin, Friday Ojah, who lived on Alape Street, Iba Ojo when he was hit by a stray bullet on his way to get a canned drink with his cousin.
A popular daily noted that the security operatives were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, identified as Badoo, who had parked his car and fled.
The cousin, Ojah, who spoke with the daily noted that his brother died on the spot while the police took his corpse away from the scene.
He narrated: “We grew up and attended the same primary and secondary schools together. He gained admission into a polytechnic in Edo State, while I am still processing my admission into the same school.
“Around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy a can of soft drink. We were returning home when we learnt that some policemen were chasing somebody.
“We decided to go through the back of the market. As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet in the head and he fell down immediately.
“As I tried to call for help, I saw that the policeman that shot him had aimed his gun at me. I fled the place immediately.”
It was also gathered that the SARS team that conducted the operation alleged that the victim was a cult member and he had attempted to shoot at them when they fired back.
“But it was all lies. He only had the can drink we bought, a phone charger and a handset on him when the incident happened. The police lied to cover up their misdeed,” Ojah told the daily.
A legal practitioner and family friend of the victim, Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the policemen must be arrested and brought to book. The policemen on the team that killed the victim were identified as Lucky,
The policemen on the team that killed the victim were identified as Lucky, Oganla. “Cases like this, involving SARS officers, have become rampant in the state. They kill with impunity and believe they can always get away with it.
”Whereas Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution protects the sanctity of human lives and prescribes punishment for violation of that sanctity. You cannot just take anybody’s life without a court order or judgment. We are taking up the case and justice must be done.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said she had yet to be briefed on the incident, adding that she would get back as soon as the Officer-in-Charge of SARS briefed her.