Fam­ily de­mands jus­tice as hood­lums mur­der cop in La­gos

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The fam­ily of Abio­dun Akinde, who was al­legedly mur­dered by hood­lums in the Ashiribu area of Ijanikin, La­gos State, has de­manded jus­tice for his death.

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that Akinde, an As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, had vis­ited a bar in com­pany with his col­leagues on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27, 2018, to have some drinks be­fore the hood­lums be­sieged the bar and shot him dead.

Akinde’s el­der brother, Adekunle, who stated that the po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter said his brother was killed be­cause he did not al­low the hood­lums to rob him, added that his find­ings re­vealed that there was no rob­bery as his late brother’s be­long­ings were left in­tact after he was killed.

The nurse, who is an in­di­gene of Ogun State said, “What the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer at the Ijanikin Po­lice Sta­tion told us was that some hood­lums came to rob peo­ple and while they were try­ing to col­lect my brother’s be­long­ings, he (Akinde) re­sisted them and he was shot in the process. But I don’t think it is so be­cause from what we gath­ered, no one was robbed by the hood­lums. Those who killed him never stole his be­long­ings and those of other peo­ple at the place where he was mur­dered.

“So, since we were told that the case had been trans­ferred to the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment, Yaba, for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we are hop­ing that the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will lead to the ar­rest of those who killed him, be­cause the fam­ily wants jus­tice.

“As I speak to you, his corpse is still in a mor­tu­ary in Bada­gry pend­ing when a post-mortem will be car­ried out.”

Akinde’s son, Tunde, told PUNCH Metro that his fa­ther’s death was a set-up be­cause his killers traced him to the bar where he was mur­dered.

The 26-year-old said, “I was at home when a lady walked up to me and asked me the last time I saw my dad; I said it had been a while and she told me to call him. I tried his num­ber but it rang out; she said she could not say any­thing but ad­vised me to visit his of­fice. When I got there, I was sur­prised to meet my mum’s younger sis­ter and my dad’s el­der brother and some fam­ily mem­bers.

“They were hav­ing a meet­ing with the DPO of the Ijanikin Po­lice Sta­tion. When they fin­ished, I asked after my dad and was told that he was shot. They said we needed to check him at the Bada­gry Gen­eral hospi­tal. When we got there, it was his corpse I saw. I was de­pressed.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case at the SCIID, Yaba, said my dad was set up; they said how did the hood­lums man­aged to en­ter the bar and head straight for his ta­ble to kill him if it wasn’t planned. he was not the only one at the beer par­lour, so how were they able to lo­cate his ta­ble? So, it ap­peared like they traced him to the place.”

The wife of the de­ceased, Kudi, who is also a po­lice of­fi­cer, said she wanted jus­tice, adding that she got to know about the death of Akinde from a col­league, who briefed her about the in­ci­dent.

The mother of three said, “I was at home with my chil­dren. A po­lice of­fi­cer told me about the in­ci­dent and what I was told was that my hus­band went for a birth­day party and some hood­lums came to the gath­er­ing and shot him dead. I want the po­lice to help me in­ves­ti­gate this case so that the hood­lums can be ar­rested and brought to jus­tice.”

The La­gos State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, CSP Chike Oti, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent to our cor­re­spon­dent, said the com­mand had com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the events that led to the death of Akinde.

Oti said, “On Tues­day, Novem­ber, 27, 2018, around 7pm, ASP Abio­dun Akinde, the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Ijanikin Po­lice Sta­tion, re­port­edly went to a bar at the Ashiribu area, Ijanikin, for the birth­day party of his lady friend, one Dupe Ogun­biyi, 34, of 27 Ji­moh Street, Iyana-era, Ijanikin.

“How­ever, a fight broke out be­tween the of­fi­cer and a group of men al­legedly led by the lady’s ri­val boyfriend. In the process, the of­fi­cer was shot in the head with a lo­cally-made pis­tol. The of­fi­cer was rushed to the Bada­gry Gen­eral Hospi­tal, where he later died.

“Mean­while, the lady and seven other sus­pects have been ar­rested and trans­ferred to the homi­cide sec­tion of the SCIID, Yaba, for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The re­mains of the de­ceased have been de­posited in the hospi­tal’s morgue for preser­va­tion and post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.”

• Abio­dun Akinde

Photo: Fam­ily

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