Tuesday, 2 July 2013


What is the Nigeria Police Force doing to stop this trend of police killing innocent people? This is one case too many and I think the force should embark on a major re-orientation of its people.  Olayinka Kolawole, a student of Mass Communication, Tai Solarin University, Ogun State, was killed on the 15th June, by policemen attached to Ejigbo Division.

According to the father of the deceased, Prophet Omisande Kolawole, on the day of the sad incident, 20-year-old Olayinka had gone to attend a friend’s birthday party but was killed on his way home. 

He said, “My son went out to attend his friend’s birthday party not too far from our home. He said he would not stay long and we told him not to stay out too long. The following day, which was a Sunday, we did not see or hear from him and we began to panic. Later we heard that police embarked on a raid the previous night. We even thought he had been arrested. His mother, Grace Kolawole, and her nephew, Segun Adio, went to the Ejigbo Police Division but they were told that there were no suspects in their cell.

“However, residents told us that they had seen my son’s corpse being conveyed by policemen. After about three hours later, the policemen opened up and told us that my son had been killed. My wife immediately fainted.” Omisande said even after his wife had been revived, the police refused to take her statement as well as the statement of Adio, her nephew. 

He said Adio and other residents set out to investigate what actually happened and it was discovered that his son was killed by a stray bullet which emanated from the gun of a policeman popularly known as Oba.
He said, “We were told that around 8pm on the fateful day, Titan Hotel, located at Asaolu Close, was holding an event tagged Ladies’ night. At the hotel, one policeman popularly known as Oba was having a drink and dancing with a lady.

“We learnt that Oba left the hotel premises to receive a telephone call but on returning to the hotel, Oba got into a fight with a youth over the lady he was dancing with. The altercation degenerated into fisticuffs and Oba ran out of the premises and called his colleagues for back-up.

“When his colleagues arrived at the scene, a shoot-out ensued. During the shooting, my son, who was on his way home from another party was hit in the head by a stray bullet and died instantly.”

Omisande said since his son’s killing, life had not been the same. He said his wife was hospitalised and was only recently discharged.
The deceased’s mother, Grace, while fighting back tears, said everything was still like a dream. “Olayinka was the first of my three children. My other children are still young and it feels as if all my labour has been in vain. I want justice for his death,” she said. 

Omisande described his son as a responsible boy and wondered why the police would attempt to cover up his murder. “The policemen at Ejigbo prevented us from seeing the Divisional Police Officer. We are being treated with comtempt because we are not rich. All we want is justice for our son’s murder.”

When contacted on the telephone, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, confirmed Olayinka’s murder. She said the matter would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

She said, “The DPO told me that around 2am on the said date, they received a distress call that cult members were fighting. On getting to the scene, the cult members fled but policemen discovered the young man’s corpse. “The father of the deceased told the DPO that one policeman identified as Oba was responsible for his son’s death. However, we have not been able to get the actual identity of the policeman. We are transferring the case to the SCID for further investigation. 

“We are however calling on eyewitnesses to come forward and we promise that their identities will be protected.”

Culled from PUNCH


  1. Police matter don tire me for this country. They are worst than boko haram. They are suppose to save lives yet they keep acting in the opposite, cutting short the lives they can't give. Let God be the judge. >>Millicleo<<

  2. When will this stop? This is soo unfair. How can the same people who are suppose to protect, kill continuously.