By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A lawmaker representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Hon. Bamidele Salam has given the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu seven days ultimatum to fish out those officers who caused the accident that killed a 21-year old, Idris Ajibola, in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, September 17, after visiting the family of the boy, Salam said he was unhappy since he heard the news, and that he was so concerned because the incident happened to a resident of Egbedore Local Government, one of the constituencies he represents.
While lamenting the reckless and lackadaisical attitude of the law enforcement agencies he said, “this incident happened 48 hours ago, and there is no record of the arrest of the perpetrators of the act. Osogbo is not bigger than New York or Johannesburg where a few hours after similar cases happen, suspects are paraded before the whole world.
“48 hours after, there is no record of anyone having been identified as being in that red Hilux van that chased these young boys to that destructive end where one lost his life and three others sustained varying degrees of injury.
“I feel that we should be the conscience of this society and arise to demand the police to be accountable. If we do not speak out, nothing may happen after forty-eight years. And this may continue.
“I am calling on the Inspector General of Police to immediately order the arrest of those men on the patrol team for the purpose of their being prosecuted either for manslaughter or murder as the case may be, within seven days.”
The lawmaker also called on Osun State Government to set up a judicial panel of enquiry to probe into the death and other three that were injured in the accident.
“There should be a public enquiry to probe into the death of Idris and the injury of those three other young men. A judicial panel of enquiry that will sit publicly, take testimony from members of the public, and arrive at a judicious and judicial action.
“The police is being run with taxpayers fund. There is no record that they are being trailed. There is no warrant for their arrest, it is against the law.
“Unfortunately, people who are armed with public fund vent their anger on him. The youths are picked upon by security operatives because they wear nice shoes, use nice phones, drive good cars. This must stop!
“This is not the first time. There are countless cases of Nigerians being brutalised and oppressed by men in uniform. I am making an appeal that the IG should do the needful. If it were to be a son of a minister, even the president would have released a statement. This must not be swept under the carpet.”
Salam, however, threatened to institute legal action against the Nigerian Police failure to apprehend the perpetrators stressing that: “I, Bamidele Salam, representing Ede North/South Egbedore Ejigbo Local Government will singlehandedly constitute a legal action against the Nigerian Police to claim the aggravated damages for the families of these young men and exemplary damages to prevent further occurrence of such incident.”