Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Police Reportedly Kills Journalist, Hides His Corpse From Family Members

A 20yr-old student journalist has been reportedly killed by men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Lagos State Task Force department on Saturday, the 24th of October, 2020.

Identified as Pelumi Onifade, he was a 200level student of History department in Tai Solarin University, Ijagun, Ogun state.

Pelumi was an intern for GboahTV (an online television) a job he picked due to the ongoing ASUU strike.

On the day of the incident, he was said to have join his colleague in covering an attempted looting of a government facility at Abattoir, Oko-Oba area in Agege, Lagos.

Men of the taskforce were called to restore order and there was reports of multiple shootings at the crowd which left many injured including Pelumi.

He was later arrested thrown into the police Van and was whisked away despite clearly being injured and was bleeding according to Pelumi's colleague who pleaded anonymity. 

His colleague also claimed they repeatedly told the policemen that they were journalists showing them their identity card, professional TV jackets and camera gadgets.

After news of his arrest broke out, the TV station he reported for alongside members of his family set out to capture his release by enquiring at different police stations and even hospitals. 

Shortly, a his picture was accompanied by a "Missing person" tag and was shared across social media for four days (from Saturday the 24th to Tuesday the 27th of October).

His corpse has now been found at the Lagos state's general hospital mortuary, Ikorodu. 

Meanwhile in a statement by close friends of the deceased which has been circulated on social media, there has been calls for justice and compensation for what has been described as a struggling family where Pelumi has been the breadwinner. 

Part of the statement reads: "We are not against the police, police reform is a fight in this country. At age 20, Pelumi Onifade was the breadwinner of his family and a responsible member of the boys’ brigade in his church.

"We, therefore, demand that whoever pulled the trigger must be identified and prosecuted accordingly. And in the absence of the culprit, the person who led the squad must be held responsible and prosecuted. The family of Onifade Pelumi should be compensated, and a public apology from the Lagos State government and the police must be tendered.”

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