Po­lice ar­rest 10 over killing of Lekki coy MD

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola & Sun­day Michael Ogwu, La­gos

La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, says 10 per­sons have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with yesterday’s killing of the Di­rec­tor, Lekki World­wide In­vest­ment Com­pany, Mr. Ta­judeen Disu, by un­known per­sons.

“We have so far ar­rested 10 sus­pects and the ar­rests are of those di­rectly re­spon­si­ble. We are still in the cen­ter of the op­er­a­tion”, he told news­men in La­gos.

“We will do a dili­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We will en­sure that those be­hind it are ar­rested, not just the peo­ple we see on the road as per­pe­tra­tors, there may be spon­sors. We will go af­ter these spon­sors and I can as­sure you we will en­sure that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is car­ried out as speed­ily as pos­si­ble to make sure they are dili­gently pros­e­cuted”, he said.

Ear­lier, Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing.

Am­bode told Gov­ern­ment House cor­re­spon­dents at the La­gos House in Ikeja yesterday that Disu was shot dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to one of the vil­lages within the zone.

Some vil­lagers al­leged that they were at­tacked by armed po­lice­men dur­ing a peace­ful protest against a planned gov­ern­ment takeover of their land.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers in the 16 vil­lages that make up Ibeju-Lekki re­cently ac­cused the man­age­ment of the Lekki Free Trade Zone Ltd and Lekki World­wide In­vest­ment Ltd of illegal tres­pass on their land with­out pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion.

Am­bode de­scribed late Disu as a man who was com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the in­flow of in­vest­ment to La­gos State.

He urged res­i­dents of the area to re­main calm as his ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue to en­sure the se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty.

“I want to ap­peal to all peo­ple of Ibeju Lekki that they should give peace a chance, it is in the in­ter­est of all Lagosians that we at­tract many in­vestors to the state. That is what we have been do­ing and im­prov­ing upon in the past four months. I im­plore ev­ery­body to be calm. We will get to the root of this in­ci­dent”, he said.

In a pe­ti­tion is­sued on be­half of the vil­lage lead­ers by their lawyer, Bar­ris­ter Paul Ogun­dele, the com­mu­nity ac­cused Dan­gote Oil Re­fin­ery Com­pany of us­ing the po­lice and army to abuse their fun­da­men­tal rights. They al­leged that the com­pany was plan­ning to use a sec­tion of the land to build a petro­chem­i­cal plant and re­fin­ery with­out pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion.

The com­mu­nity had at sev­eral times threat­ened a show­down with the com­pany and the state gov­ern­ment un­less they are com­pen­sated. At the time of this re­port, the mil­i­tary had been de­ployed to the area to re­store calm.

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