Tragedy struck at the Ogoja Market, LASU-Igando
Road, Lagos State, after operatives of the Special
Anti-Robbery Squad shot dead an undergraduate
of a polytechnic in Edo State, Eldanojie Joseph.
The 20-year-old business administration student
was said to be on a visit to his cousin, Friday
Ojah, who lived on Alape Street, Iba Ojo, when he
was hit by a stray bullet.
the operatives were
chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, identified
as Badoo , who had parked his car and fled upon
sighting the officers.
The operatives were said to have started shooting
The Esan, Edo State indigene, who had reportedly
gone out to buy a canned drink with his cousin,
was hit by a stray bullet.
He was said to have died on the spot.
a source said that the officers took
Joseph’s corpse, dumped it in the boot of the
suspected fraudster’s car and drove off.
The cousin, Ojah, said on
Thursday that the police, in order to cover up their
misdeed, said Joseph was a cult member.
He explained that Joseph had only arrived in Lagos
about three weeks ago.
He said, “We grew up and attended the same
primary and secondary schools together. He
gained admission into a polytechnic in Edo State,
while I am still processing my admission into the
“Around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy
a can of soft drink. We were returning home when
we learnt that some policemen were chasing
“We decided to go through the back of the market.
As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet
in the head and he fell down immediately.
“As I tried to call for help, I saw that the policeman
that shot him had aimed his gun at me. I fled the
He said the officers put the corpse in the boot of
the car left by the suspected fraudster and drove
source said that the corpse was taken
to the SARS headquarters in Ikeja, from where it
was taken to a morgue.
the SARS team
that conducted the operation alleged that the
victim was a cult member and he had attempted to
shoot at them when they fired back.
“But it was all lies. He only had the canned drink
we bought, a phone charger and a handset on him
when the incident happened. The police lied to
cover up their misdeed,” Ojah added.
The policemen on the team that killed the victim
were identified as Lucky, Oganla.
A legal practitioner and family friend of the victim,
Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the
policemen must be arrested and brought to book.
He said, “Cases like this, involving SARS officers,
have become rampant in the state. They kill with
impunity and believe they can always get away
with it. Whereas Section 33 of the 1999
Constitution protects the sanctity of human lives
and prescribes punishment for violation of that
sanctity. You cannot just take anybody’s life
without a court order or judgment. We are taking
up the case and justice must be done.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo
Badmos, said she had yet to be briefed on the
incident, adding that she would get back as soon
as the Officer-in-Charge of SARS briefed her.
She said, “The OC SARS has yet to brief the
command on that issue and he has been directed
to do so. I will get back as soon as I have the
facts of the case.”