- A 23 year old boy, Jamiu Ayoade was shot dead at his birthday event
- Eyewitness claim the boy was shot by the DPO of Ijeshatedo police station
- The DPO who shot him was identified as Muhammed Yakubu
A 23 year old tailor apprentice, Jamiu Ayoade, has allegedly been shot dead by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ijeshatedo police station, Lagos state.
NAIJ.com learnt that Ayoade was reportedly attending a friend's birthday party when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Ayoade was at a neighbouring street to attend a birthday party of a friend, Abubakar Animashaun, around 4pm on Sunday.
It was gathered that the DPO and his men went on surveillance to the venue around 5pm, and left a few minutes after they were told of what the event was all about, Punch reports.
About two hours later, the team was said to have returned to the area in a van, announcing their presence with blaring of sirens and gunshots, which scared away the fun seekers.
The DPO reportedly followed some people, including Jamiu, who ran to safety in a building. He was said to have shot Jamiu at a close range with his service pistol. two other people were injured.
According to an eyewitness account, the police fled the scene after the shooting.
The witness said: “Some policemen came around 5pm when the event just started.
"They asked a woman called Iya Aliya what was going on. She told them that it was a birthday party and they left. Around 7.30pm, I was sitting with my friends outside when I heard the blaring of police sirens. The van stopped some distance to the venue of the party and some policemen, led by the DPO, came out and started shooting. People ran helter-skelter. Many people fell into a gutter.
“The DPO brought out a pistol and chased some people into a passage. He shot twice at them. A bullet hit Jamiu in the head, while another person, Akeem, was shot in the hand. Immediately they saw the harm they had caused, they entered their van and fled.
"We went to the Ijesha Police Station, but we were not allowed to make a report. We then went to the Itire Police Division, but we were directed back to the Ijesha division.
“Nobody was fighting that would have warranted the police action. Around 9pm, the DPO and his men came back in about five vans. Nobody was arrested.
“This morning (Monday), we were invited to the secretariat of the Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area. We narrated what happened to an official called Mrs. Raji. She called the DPO on the telephone and he met us in her office.
“The woman told us to excuse them. After their discussion, the woman called us in. She said the DPO told her that Jamiu had a case with the police.
"I was shocked. I told the woman that the boy was an apprentice and easy-going. He did not drink or smoke and had never been arrested before. The woman said I should not worry.”
The birthday celebrant, Animashaun, while speaking said he was still in shock as there was no fight and he couldn't explain why the police barged into the event and started shooting.
He said: “I didn’t know the mission of the policemen at the venue because there was no fight. Jamiu was a decent person. He was my friend. It was the DPO that shot him."
Jamiu’s brother, Taofiq Ayoade, said the victim was rushed to a private hospital in the community from where he was referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
He said: “He gave up the ghost on the way to LUTH. He was not a suspect. He was learning tailoring and was supposed to graduate this year.
"He was not a criminal. He would leave for his workplace around 9am and come back by 8.30pm. He was 23. Our mother lives in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The officer that killed him must face the consequence of his action."
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the raid in a text message, but he didn't say anything about the killing.
He said: “There was an incident relating to a raid on some suspected cult members in the Ijesha area of Lagos. Arrest of a suspect has been made, while investigation is ongoing. Further details will be communicated soon.”
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