Family of Slain Ekiti Govt Driver Stages Protest

Reactions have continued to trail the killing of  three persons, including an Ekiti State Government driver and the shooting of the brother of the State governor, Mr Lanre Oni by policemen in Osun State on Wednesday.

Yesterday, relations of the slain government driver, identified as Mr John Ogunrotimi, who was among the three people that were  shot dead on Wednesday by the police at a check point on Esa/Oke/ Ilesha road, Oshun State yesterday stormed the Governor’s Office in  Ado-Ekiti to protest the death of their son.

The protesters, who were not fewer than 30, and led by the elder brother of the deceased, Mr Shola Ogunrotimi, lamented the alleged failure of the state government to have communicated the demise of the driver to his family on time as they got to know 24 hours after the incident.

The aggrieved relations who stormed the new Governor’s Office yesterday evening came all the way from   Osi-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the sta te.

Apparently feeling dejected and worried over  the sudden death of their son, the family demanded for the corpse of their son whom they described as a hard-working and committed p erson  during his life time.
While further expressing grief over the incident, they alleged that Ogunrotimi was merely used as a guinea pig in the course of his du ty.
Also  a socio-political pressure group in the state h as called on the  Police  High Command and the Sta te         Security  Service (SSS) to immediately launch an investigation into the arrest of Governor Segun Oni’s younger  brother.

The Ekiti People on the side of History, which is a pro-former Governor Ayo Fayose group, in a p restatement issued in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, and signed by its Secretary, Mr Segun Oguntimehin warned security agents not to allow the matter to be swept under the carpet urging the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mike Okiro to personally lead investigation.
However, while sympathising with the deceased family           at the governor’s office, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications, Mr Moses Jolayemi explained that they have the right to be aggrieved but attributed the lateness in conveying the news of his death to the fact that the  government received the news late.

According to him, the state government having been briefed fully on the development had already communicated the Ogunrotimi family officially conveying the condolence of the state government to the family and the people of Osi-Ekiti.
He however, deplored the way Osun State Police Command handled the matter expressing dismay that the Policehad jumped to conclusion that the suspects were armed robbers by parading them as criminals in Osogbo, the state capital.
“Nobody was happy over what happened on Wednesday, when we got the news, we called the Chief  Detail and his phone rang endlessly over the incident but we were surprised that the Police paraded them as armed robbery suspects.
“How can somebody used a Kia Picanto car to rob abullion van, these are the facts to look into, it is very unfortunate”, Jolayemi              would be recalled that Mr Lanre Oni, younger brother of the Ekiti governor was  shot by policemen ata checkpoint on Esa-Oke/Ilesa Road  while two sub-machine guns fully loaded with 33 rounds of live ammunition were recoved from the booth of the government car that was conveying them to Ibadan “on amission to buy tyres”.

Three persons including the driver of the Kia Picanto car belonging to the Ekiti State Government were  shot dead while Lanre and a College of Technology, Esa-Oke  student simply identified as Olatunji who were paraded as robbery suspects by the Osun State Police  Command are carrying bullet  wounds.


– Thisday


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