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Why I dumped the body of my son at Ketu Police station
on JUNE 19, 2013 · in CRIME ALERT

THE father of nine-year-old, Oluwatimilehin Ebun, a Basic 3 student of Royal Scholars International school, Ikorodu, Lagos, who was allegedly killed by stray Police bullet has given reasons why he dumped the body of his son at Ketu Police station.

Recounting the moments he shared last with his son before his untimely demise, Mr. Olusegun Ebun, Managing Director of a Finance firm in Lagos lamented that the incident which occured June 13, 2013 at about 9pm around Ketu/Mile 12  area of Lagos, will remain indelible in his mind.

The bereaved 48-year-old father of three could not hold back tears as he narrated how the incident happened. “it was on  Thursday, the 13th of June 2013, I went with my wife, Olufunke Ebun, my son Timilehin, and his sister to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja in our Parthfinder SUV to pick up my eldest son, Jide who arrived from Canada where he is studying, for a vacation here with the family.

“My wife was seated with me at the front, on the passenger’s seat,  my son whom we went to pick was seated right behind me at the back, my daughter Damilola, who is my second child was seated at the back behind my wife, and my last son Timilehin Ebun, was seated at the middle; that is usually the family’s seating position when ever we go out in the SUV.

*Oluwatimilehin’s father: Olusegun Ebun
It was a smooth ride on our way back until we got to Ketu/Mile 12 area at about 9pm, when we encountered a little hold-up due to the heavy traffic. I noticed a police patrol van at the other side (coming from Ikorodu) of the road, it was as if there was a little unrest, but I felt it was nothing much to worry about.

“The next thing I heard was a gun shot, the bullet went right through my wind screen, pierced  through my wife’s arm pit and hit my last son, Timilehin seated in the middle of  the back seat in his right eye.

Middle of the back  seat

Because everywhere was dark, I couldn’t see what had happened until I asked my elder son to turn on the inner light, that was when I saw my son in a pool of blood. I was totally confused, We were on the expressway, but I managed to get out of the car, opened the passenger door, carried out the body of my son, screaming ‘the police has killed my son, somebody help me’…

I noticed that immediately

the shot was fired, the police van took off.  Some hoodlums in the area who were attracted to the scene by my shouts quickly organized them selves and tried to stop the van but they managed to escape and drove away, straight to their office at Ketu police division.   As soon as they entered the compound, they locked the gate. The crowd pursued the van to the gate, but they were not allowed inside.

“As all these were going on, I begged one of the sympathizers to help convey my wife and other two children to the station in the SUV, while I carried the body of my son to a nearby clinic. I knew he died on the spot, but I carried him to the hospital with the hope that somehow, something could be done to bring him back. Unfortunately, on getting to the clinic, he was confirmed dead on arrival. I then took him to the police station. The whole police station was deserted, not a single police man was at the station, hence I laid the boy on the counter.

“For hours, no officer came out to ascertain what the matter was. We wanted to document the whole thing but they did not allow us. I was shouting in anger while my wife was crying bitterly, rolling on the floor. This went on until some one from the crowd that followed us into the station  made a call.

Consequently, an officer in mufti reluctantly came out, armed with a sophisticated gun and accompanied by two military men as guards. He did not appear sober at all. He told me if I was sure it was his men that killed my son, that there was an armed robbery incident earlier that evening at Iyana-Ipaja, and two police men were killed;  that perhaps, the robbers must have made away with the police van and it might be the robbers that actually shot my son; otherwise can I identify the men that shot my son?

I asked  him, if he meant to tell us that robbers now patrol around in police van? After all, the van entered the police premises and is currently parked in the compound.  My request to write a statement was rebuffed, but my wife was eventually made to write one.

“In anger, especially owing to the ‘I don’t care manner’ the case was handled, I left my son’s body there at the counter, I told them, since they had killed him, they can as well keep his body. I took what was left of my family and went home in another car. In the process, I lost my phone and some money I left in the SUV.

“When they saw I was serious about leaving my son’s corpse with them at the station, the police later organized and took his remains to the Ikeja general hospital mortuary.  One of my brothers who came to meet us at the station went with them.   I also left the SUV there, even though it was a car I cherished so much, I cannot bring myself to drive it again, not after what happened. The SUV should still be parked at the station.

“My eldest son who arrived the country after much persuasion, to spend some quality time with his family has not been himself since that incident. He has been in his room, refusing to come out. I pray this event does not make him want to leave the country for good.   Also my wife was hospitalized that Thursday, due to the trauma, she was discharged on Saturday the 15th of June 2013.”

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When asked what kind of child his son was, the Ososa, Ogun state born Finance and Investment specialist exclaimed, “Haa! Timilehin, even though he was nine years old, had the brain of a 17-year- old.   In this house, I don’t know how to operate any of the electronic gadgets we have, he handled everything. He was a very promising child who showed great interest in engineering.

He read a lot,  he cleaned the house and played the piano very well. Earlier that evening,  he had washed the Honda car parked outside, thinking we were going to the Airport in it, it was when I got back that I told him we will go in the SUV instead, because the Honda will be too small for the whole family.”

In pain the bereaved father added “I was told by an eye witness there at Ketu, where my son was killed, that the cause of the mis- fire was that the police wanted to extort N200 from a danfo driver who tried to run away from them. How can a trained police man use live bullets in handling cases like that?

The way they handle gun is very crude. These senseless killings by the police must stop. I think the reason this has been going on is because each time the police killed some one, nothing comes out of it. This has given them the courage to continue killing.

No police man has ever been executed publicly for killing an innocent citizen. All these cannot bring back my son, but I want justice done in this particular case, I want the police man who fired the shot that killed my son brought to book, he has caused me so much pain.”

Crime Alert gathered that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the CID, with the Area Commander Ogudu Police station,the DPO of Ketu Police station and the Lagos state Police PRO Ngozi Braide payed a condolence visit to the Ikorodu home of the Ebuns on Monday, June 17, 2013. “they came to console us and assured us that justice will be done concerning this case” Mr Olusegun Ebun said.

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Re: Nigerian Police At Her Characteristic "Wonder"
« Reply #1 on: Jul 08, 2013 »
The Nigerian Police Force has to be one of the most corrupt and indisciplined in the world. Here is another wonderful story from Punch:

Police Arraign Innocent Man for Murder

July 5, 2013 by Samson Folarin

Shock pervaded the quiet atmosphere of the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, after an investigating police officer, Corporal Alagbe Olumide, admitted that he was forced to arraign a murder suspect, Ayodimeji Alegbeleye, for the crime he never committed.

Alegbeleye, 29, was being tried for the murder of one James Igbahan in January 2013 at Ajah.

The police had claimed that the accused stabbed Igbahan with knife in his left ribs which led to his death.

After the two counts were read to him, and he had pleaded not guilty, the prosecution lawyer filed application for his remand in prison custody pending the advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

However, the defence counsel protested the application, saying the accused knew nothing about the crime.

The magistrate, Mrs. M.O Tanimola, thereafter summoned the police to give an account of what had transpired.

In his report to the court, Olumide said he was told to arraign the accused, adding that the investigation had shown that he was only a friend to the real suspect.

He said, “My Lord, it was his friend that stabbed the deceased. The real offender is now at large.

“Alegbeleye was arraigned because we found him at the scene of the crime.

“The junior brother of the suspect had earlier been arrested, but the Ajah Police Division released him.”

The magistrate further queried why the defendant was charged when he was not the suspect.

The police authorities said I should charge him with murder. I told them that my investigation showed he was not part of it, but they insisted that I should charge him, and I didn’t know what to do,” he submitted.

Olumide said statements taken from the accused showed he had returned from his work and met the two men arguing over matters connected with cultism.

He said he then went out to take his bath and on returning, found the deceased in a pool of blood and with knife wounds.

He said the police arrested him because he was a friend of the suspect.

The magistrate, in her ruling said since the accused was being punished for a crime he did not commit, there were no grounds for remand.

The case was subsequently struck out.

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