The family of a slain footballer, Doubra Legbe, has petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos, demanding a fresh investigation into the murder of the 23-year-old.
Legbe was reportedly playing football on a field at the Victory Estate, Iba, Lagos, on April 18, 2020, when members of a vigilante group numbering seven allegedly shot him dead and went away with his corpse to an unknown location.
The family asked the police to conduct an autopsy on the corpse, recover the crime weapon and prosecute the vigilante members.
According to the petition by the family’s lawyer, Paul Kurekure, dated May 1, 2020, the perpetrators of the crime were led by the Chairman of the landlords’ association in the area, Mr Olugbenga James, who was arrested by the police at a hospital in Ikeja, where he allegedly took Legbe’s corpse to.
The petition stated that the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, and assigned to the homicide section for investigation.
It said three eyewitnesses, who were present at the crime scene, made statements to the police, alleging that James was the one who killed the deceased, adding that the suspect hit Legbe with a helmet before shooting him.
The lawyer expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the police officers handling the case, noting that there were moves to let James off the hook.
He explained that the police claimed that they had arrested another member of the vigilante group, one Isiaka Oluwaseun, who allegedly confessed to the crime.
The petition read in part, “Notwithstanding the directive of the Deputy Commissioner of Police that the case be charged to court, our client found out that as of April 29, no autopsy report had been obtained by the police in relation to Legbe’s death.
“Our client also found out that the police failed to recover the gun that was used by the suspect to shoot the deceased. In addition, the police also failed to arrest all the members of the illegally armed vigilante group, who conspired to commit the heinous crime.
“Based on this, our client has lost confidence in the credibility of this investigation and the activities of the homicide section of the SCIID in relation to the murder of Doubra Legbe.”
The lawyer stated that James and Oluwaseun were arraigned before Magistrate Ojo of the Yaba Magistrates’ Court, adding that the former was discharged by the court and released, while Oluwaseun was remanded in a custodial facility pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The spokesperson, Zone 2 Command, DSP Hauwa Idris-Adamu, told PUNCH Metro on Thursday that she had not been briefed about Legbe’s family demands, adding that she was not aware of the petition.