Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has been called upon to as a matter of urgency intervene on the alleged “unwarranted killing” of one Farouk Isiaka by the police on September 21, at Odu-Ochele community in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.
In a petition signed by Mr Williams Aliwo of W.A. Aliwo & Co, counsel to the community and dated September 28, 2015, which was presented by Dr Umar Ismaila, one of the community leaders, the community noted in the said petition that heavily armed policemen had on the fateful day invaded Odu-Ochele in seven Toyota Hilux vans in search of one Zekeri.
Explaining further, the petitioners said that the police arrived at the fenced compound of Mr Isiaka Omajenu, the father of the wanted Zekeri, forced their way into all the rooms in about five buildings in the compound and shouted “where is Zekeri; where is that armed robber called Zekeri.”
According to the community, after a futile search for Zekeri, the police arrested his parents and pushed them into one of the vans to take to Lokoja and the deceased who was also one of the siblings of Zekeri that earlier questioned the rational for arresting his parents.
But Farouk’s question was said to have irked the police who shot and killed him “under the watchful eyes of his parents, wife and two children,” the community leader explained.
The community noted that the police took the corpse of Farouk, the arrested parents along with the deceased wife and two children and drove off, only to drop the children by the roadside at a place called Agbeji under nobody’s care, after about a 20-minute drive.
The community described the deceased, an NCE holder in Primary Education Studies and Political Science from Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, as a humble and easy going person.
The petitioners said that on arrival in Lokoja, the police, “knowing what they did was unprofessional and dastardly,” promptly charged the two women (mother and wife of the deceased) to court on “trumped up charges.”
The community held that the deceased was “innocently assassinated even when he was armless. He offered no resistance deserving of the kind of treatment that the police dastardly gave him. Yet the police are not releasing his corpse to the family for decent burial.
“The community and the family particularly, is traumatised by this barbaric act that we have to cry to your office on their behalf for their release.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu while parading the corpse and family of the deceased among 72 suspects arrested for various offences, described the deceased as an armed robber who engaged the police in a shootout.
Father of the deceased, Isiaka Omajenu, according to the commissioner, was arrested for armed robbery while the women were charged with shielding criminals.


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