Wife of a police inspector, Mrs Olamide Erinfolami, has accused the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) of killing her husband, Mr Ayodeji Erinfolami during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos, saying that her husband was killed while the police were trying to quell the EndSARS protest in Surulere on October 12.
The petitioner made the accusation in her petition before the Lagos Judicial Panel on Friday.
Counsel to the victim, Gbemiga Ogunleye, who submitted video evidence of the shooting of Mr Erinfolami, informed the panel that the inspector was shot when the police tried to stop the protest aggressively.
The widow, who lives in Ado-Ekiti with her children, told the panel that the police authorities did not call the family to inform them of the death of the police officer, saying that she was shown the video of her husband shot and his intestines spilling out of his body.
She lamented that the police neglected her husband after being shot during the protest and gave the family no information.
Speaking on her husband’s death, Mrs Erinfolami stated that the corpse of her husband is being withheld with an excuse that an autopsy would be carried out, disclosing that till her testimony before the panel, no autopsy was carried out neither has the corpse been released to her.
Mrs Erinfolami, who was a beneficiary of the N10 million cheque presented to each six widows by the Lagos State Government, expressed appreciation on the gesture of the government but stressed that money cannot bring back her husband.
Meanwhile, Counsel to the police, Cyril Ejiafor during cross-examination, said that there was no evidence that Mr Erinfolami was shot by a police officer.
Ejiafor said that the widow could not be sure the police did not visit the two-bedroom apartment of the victim in Lagos.
“Were you told that as at the time he was rushed to the hospital, he was still alive? He was rushed to a nearby hospital at Surulere, where he was treated before he was referred to another hospital,” said Ejiafor.
On the allegation that the officer was killed by the police, the counsel said that the family had failed to provide evidence.
“For 18 years that your husband has been in the service of the police, did he complain of having any issue with another officer? Who killed him?,” said Ejiafor.
The police counsel, however, said that the officer was shot by one of the protesters.
Ejiafor, then asked the panel for an adjournment to enable the police bring a witness, which was granted by the Chairman of the panel, Justice (Mrs) Doris Okuwobi (rtd).
The matter was adjourned till January 15, 2021 for further hearing.