19 June 2017

Nigeria: How Oath of Silence Was Taken Over Policeman's Killing

Lagos — Two residents of Oshokoro community in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos, who were arrested over the abduction of a Police Inspector, have revealed how the officer was killed and buried in a shallow grave.

The suspects, identified simply as Balogun and Atoki, also revealed that an oath of secrecy was taken, with a threat that anyone who disclosed the killing would die mysteriously.

The deceased officer, Inspector Sunday Musa, attached to the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FARS, Lagos State Command, had led a team of policemen to Epe to arrest some suspected kidnappers in November last year.

Vanguard gathered that the attention of the police team was attracted to a distress call at a site around Lekki-Ebute, where some people were engaged in a scuffle over a parcel of land.

Eyewitnesses said that a worker at the site, who was beaten comatose, was carried inside the police van. But as Inspector Musa was trying to pacify members of one of the factions, members of the rival faction abducted him while his colleagues allegedly zoomed off.

Vanguard gathered that the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, which was deplored to assist the FARS in the investigation, tracked the missing cop's mobile telephone to one of the suspects.

Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the suspects, Atoki, was the same man that was rescued by the missing cop on the day of the crisis.

One of them, Balogun, a gate man, later opened up, saying "the policeman was beaten to death by youths in Oshoroko. One of the youths, Jimoh, took the policeman's gun.

"On the day, we had our Oro festival. When it was dark, four men-- Banino, Okeshikaro, Santana and Olorioko-- were asked to bury the policeman in a forest in Oshoroko.

"Then we took an oath of secrecy over his death and burial at the village shrine. The consequence of breaking the oath is death."


Substandard Products - Maritime Stakeholders Call for Return of SON to Ports

Following the rising rate of fake and substandard imports into Nigeria, Importers and licensed customs agents have… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.