Colleagues of the late Rotimi Adeyemo, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) who was murdered by a personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Inspector Olukunle Olonade, are making demands.
The Punch reports that the LASTMA officials are calling on the police to provide evidence that Olonade actually died after the incident.
The LASTMA officials want the police to be sincere in their investigations as they continue to demand justice for their late colleague.
The report, however, said the commissioner of police in the state, Edgal Imohimi, had ordered that Olonade be tried posthumously and dismissed from the police force.
The officials reportedly made their demands in reaction to a statement by the police that Olonade had died after the beating he received from an angry mob at the scene of the incident.
The report quoted a LASTMA officer as saying he doubted that Olonade had died.
“We were the ones who took him to the police station. He was alive and okay as of the time we took him there. So, how did he die? Did the police beat him as well?” he queried.
Another official said: “There is something fishy somewhere; they may be hiding something. The police should provide evidence that the policeman is indeed dead. It is premature for the CP to say the guy should be tried posthumously. They should first convince the public that he is dead.
“The incident has affected our men; they are afraid. It is one of the problems we are currently facing on Lagos roads. The violators of the state traffic laws are mostly uniformed men. They are the ones driving unlicensed and unpainted vehicles.
“Most times when they are apprehended, all they do is to display the paraphernalia of their professions and that makes them to be above the law. They can even drive against traffic on the Third Mainland Bridge and nobody dares to question them.
“If you try to talk, they will first show you their ID cards. If you ask them to turn back from the wrong route, they will then show you their guns.
“That is part of the crisis we are facing on the roads. Our men cannot perform if they don’t have the confidence and the protection of the police; if they are being intimidated, harassed and killed by the people who should protect them, how do you expect them to function effectively?”
The report also quoted Mahmud Hassan, the public affairs officer of LASTMA, as saying: “For the police, the ball is now in their court.
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“They are the ones with the power to conduct investigation. But all eyes are on them to ensure that justice is done. The deceased’s family and the entire members of the public are waiting for justice.
“There, is however, the need for uniformed men, especially the police and soldiers, to cooperate with our men on the road. They should stop harassing our men. They should be examples to other road users.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Edgal Imohimi directed a posthumous investigation into the death Olonade, who was allegedly killed by an enraged mob after killing a man, Rotimi Adeyemi, suspected to be official of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
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