A human rights group, Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum, has demanded justice for a Lagos resident, Kayode Bakare, who was allegedly shot dead by a drunk police inspector, identified simply as Jonathan, at Quinox Hotel, in the Sangotedo area of the state.
The Vice Chairlady, Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum, Abiye Tam -George, in a statement on Thursday, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to forestall a recurrence of the incident.
The statement read in part, “Preliminary investigations point to the fact that the perpetrator fired gunshots at close range at the deceased. While other persons fled the scene in terror, friends and eyewitnesses tried to take the deceased to a nearby hospital in a vehicle. However, the perpetrator returned and again fired repeated gunshots. This made the friends and eyewitnesses abandon the vehicle with the deceased inside, to save their lives.
“A second attempt was made by eyewitnesses to evacuate the deceased to a nearby hospital, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead on arrival. The police conducted an on-the-spot investigation and it was established that the erring policeman used his firearm unlawfully. As an organisation, we condemn in the strongest of terms the unruly behaviour of the officer.”
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