The family of an innocent boy who was gunned down by a trigger-happy police officer have demanded for justice in the death of their slain son.
A trigger-happy Special Anti Robbery Squad officer who fired the shot that killed an undergraduate of a polytechnic in Edo State, Joseph Eidonojie-Ugbeni has been arrested by the police in Lagos State.
It was gathered on Sunday that the officer that fired the shot had been arrested and taken to the scene of the incident.
It would be recalled that some SARS officers, who were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, Badoo at the Ogoja Market along LASU-Igando Road, had started shooting sporadically.
In the process, a stray bullet had hit 20-year-old Joseph in the head, while his cousin, Friday Ojah, fled to avoid been killed.
It was later revealed that the policemen took Joseph’s corpse and dumped it in the boot of the fraudster’s car, before driving away to the command headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos.
“He was arrested on Friday and taken in handcuffs to the place where the incident happened.” a source revealed.
Badoo it was learnt, allegedly had reported himself to the police.
“Badoo lives in that community and is popular; the SARS officers also know him. He was not their target that day.
They had actually conducted a raid and arrested some people. They were leaving when they sighted him in his car. They called his name and he quickly abandoned his car and fled.
“He had just returned from the bank that day. Badoo had travelled to South Africa and had recently returned to the community.” a source revealed.
The family of the slain man is demanding justice for the death of their son. The victim’s father, Patrick Eidonojie-Ugbeni, said: “The Badoo they were chasing showed up on Friday at the SARS office with his lawyer and parents. I met the Officer-in-Charge of SARS as well.
They shot my son in the head and they claimed that he had a gun and that they shot him in self-defence.
How is that possible when he was shot in the head from behind? All I want now is that the police should release the post-mortem result and the police report on the incident.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case had been transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.