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Police promises justice as family of NURTW member killed by officer alleges cover-up

The auditor of NURTW, Obalende branch, Toheeb Eniafe, was allegedly shot dead by a policeman at an NNPC Filling Station at Obalende on May 1.

• June 28, 2024
Nigerian Police (Credit: Daily Nigeria)
Nigerian Police (Credit: Daily Nigeria)

The police in Lagos have given assurance that justice will be served in the alleged killing of a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Obalende branch, by a policeman.

The auditor of NURTW, Obalende branch, Toheeb Eniafe, was allegedly shot dead by a policeman at an NNPC Filling Station at Obalende on May 1. He was allegedly killed while attempting to buy fuel.

Mr Fayoade assured of fairness and objective in the investigation into the case on Friday.

He reacted to an allegation by the bereaved  family of a police cover-up.

According to the CP, the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, Yaba, is handling the case, and “All those involved will be prosecuted.”

“The police cannot cover up the suspects,” the CP said. “Everyone involved in the shooting will be brought to book.”

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, had, in a statement on May 2, said that the policeman who allegedly shot the deceased had been identified.

He said: “The person behind the shooting has been identified as a policeman serving at Special Protection Unit Base 17, Lion Building, Lagos.”

Mr Eniafe’s family had earlier petitioned the inspector-general of police over the alleged delay in concluding investigation into the case and the prosecution of suspects.

The family also addressed a news conference on Thursday alleging police cover-up.

Mr Muritala Eniafe, the elder brother of the deceased, who spoke on behalf of the family, said that though the police promised justice,  the alleged slow pace of investigation into the case suggested a cover-up.

According to him, he was invited to the CID and was assured that police were investigating the case.

The chairman of NURTW, Obalende branch, Wale Giwa, said at the news conference that the union supported the family’s demand for timely justice. 

(NAN)

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