The family of the Divisional Police Officer of the Ilemba-Hausa Division, Yahaya Adesina, who was accused of shooting dead one of the personnel attached to the station, Sergeant Onajide Onalaja, has urged the Lagos State Police Command to investigate the incident thoroughly.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Onalaja’s family accused Adesina of killing the cop and allegedly taking steps to conceal the crime.
The deceased’s wife, Folasade, had said, “When I saw my husband’s corpse, I did not believe the story they told me. I saw bullet wounds on his chest; his uniform was rough; he was no longer wearing a singlet; and his pair of trousers had been torn.
“I believe something strange happened before he died and I want the circumstances investigated.”
She added that no fewer than four policemen attached to the station called her with hidden numbers to inform her that Adesina shot her husband, contrary to the claim that some armed men killed him at a checkpoint during the enforcement of the lockdown.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, had said two persons, Kehinde Elijah, 45, and Ezeh Joseph, whom he described as fake/deserted soldiers, were arrested in connection with Onalaja’s death, adding that investigation was ongoing.
In a follow-up reaction, Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the Officer-in-Charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Yetunde Longe, to take over the case and conduct a neutral investigation to unravel the true circumstances surrounding Onalaja’s death.
Elkana added that the DPO had been arrested and was being detained at the SCIID, while his rifle was also retrieved.
However, Adesina’s family claimed that he was innocent of the crime and urged the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and free him unconditionally.
The family’s spokesman, Isiaka Ibrahim, who described Adesina as a dedicated and decent officer, stated that he could not have killed the sergeant.
He said, “Adesina is a dedicated and decent officer of the Nigeria Police Force. He is someone, who detests crime, so the allegation that he killed a sergeant, who worked with him, cannot be true.
“We want to urge the Lagos State Police Command to investigate the matter thoroughly without being biased so that the truth can be out for everybody to see. We sympathise with the family of the deceased, but we also want the truth to prevail. We want the police authority to release our son in the interest of justice.”