The family of Fatai Ogunseye, a 28-year-old cleric who was allegedly shot by the police at the Ikotun area has approached the Lagos Judicial Panel for compensation and trial of the trigger-happy officer.
The elder brother of the deceased, Rasheed Ogunseye, appeared before the panel on Friday representing the family.
In an affidavit deposed to the panel by the family, they decried the “extra-judicial, reckless and gruesome killing” of the late Mr Ogunseye by one Charles Okoro, a police inspector on May 20, 2020.
The elder brother said Mr Ogunseye, popularly called Ayenafe, a Muslim cleric and musician, went to Obabiyi Bus Stop, Ikotun, Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos State, to buy food for himself and his family to break their fast.
“At the same time, Inspector Charles Okoro of Ikotun Divisional Police Station was stationed at the bus stop stopping and collecting his routine N100 from Keke NAPEP (commercial tricycle) operators.
“According to an eye witness report, in the process of trying to coerce one of the Keke Napep operators into parting with some money, the trigger-happy policeman released three gunshots. The bullet missed the Keke NAPEP operator and hit Fatai Ogunseye who died on the spot,” the elder brother said.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the Lagos police command said it arrested the police inspector, Mr Okoro, for the alleged killing of the cleric and is facing internal disciplinary procedures.
The then spokesperson, Bala Elkana, in a statement on May 22, 2020, said the officer, if found guilty, will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in conventional court.
Speaking further at the panel, the brother to the deceased said the family is yet to know the outcome of the police investigation.
“Though late Fatai Ogunseye has been buried since June 2020, according to Islamic rites, the family is devastated by the loss of a father, brother, breadwinner, and a man who had great prospects for the future,” he said.
He said the deceased is survived by an aged father, his wife, and two children aged 4 and12 years.
“Our aged father, Mr. Moshood Ogunseye, is yet to be informed about the death of his son,” Mr Ogunseye said.
He said the family wants justice for the “gruesome and extra-judicial killing” of their son and that the culprit, Mr Okoro, be appropriately disciplined by the Nigeria Police Force and prosecuted for murder.
“The family of late Fatai Ogunseye appeals for monetary compensation from this Honourable Panel set up by Lagos State
Government for the unlawful, reckless, and gruesome murder of their son, brother, father, and breadwinner,” he said.
Mr Ogunseye tendered photographs of the late Mr Ogunseye lying dead in a pool of his own blood, and pictures of the police inspector, Mr Okoro, as exhibits before the panel.
He also presented online publications of Premium Times and Channels Television dated May 22, 2020, on the arrest of the police inspector, as well as letters written to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Directorate of Public Prosecution to the panel.
The chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, adjourned the matter till September 17.
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