By Yaqoub Popoola, Ado-Ekiti
Two widows and members of Isinbode-Ekiti community in Ekiti East Local Government of Ekiti State have urged the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to bring to justice the alleged murderers of Lawrence Olujobi Ojo, who was allegedly killed in the town on June 15, 2014 while trying to separate combatants in a brawl.
Ojo was the driver of the monarch of the town.
He was attacked by assailants while trying to settle quarrel between his attackers and another fellow in the town.
Hell was let loose in the town when the news of his death broke.
The suspects bolted, while their properties were attacked in reprisal.
Named as suspects in the alleged murder are Goke Folatemi, Akinyemi Bodunde, Akinola Tunmise, Ojo Ogundele, Abel Kolawole and Olu Adeagbo of Ogbo Titun area of the town.
In a petition to the Inspector General of Police by their solicitors, A.T. Lawal and Company, the widows, Mrs Mosunmola Olujobi and Fayoke Olujobi, lamented that a day after the suspects were arrested, the police released them without proper investigation, neither was a charged brought against them in court.
“Messrs Akinyemi Bodunde, Akinola Tunmise, Goke Folademi and Abel Kolawole were arrested at Fajuyi Park, Ado-Ekiti on November 21, 2014 and brought to the Ekiti State Police Headquarters where they were immediately released by the police handling the complaints against them without regard to the need to properly investigate the allegation against them.
“They later came back to the town bragging that they were untouchable and even threatened to kill the widows the way their husband was killed.
“The star witness in the murder case, particularly one Akin Abiye, who was attacked at the scene of the crime and whom the deceased wanted to rescue has never been invited by the police to give an eye-witness account of the incident,” the petitioners lamented, wondering why the State Executive Council and Commissioner of Police issued a legal advice on the matter and the release of principal suspects when there is no pending criminal charge against them at the appropriate Magistrate Court.
The petitioners added “The two other suspects, Ojo Ogundele and Olu Adeagbo, who were seen moving freely about in Isinbode-Ekiti, have not been arrested in connection with the crime by the police despite a petition to the police on their culpability,” even as the petitioners complained that former commissioner of police refused to treat their petition dated November 24, 2014 on the matter.
The petitioners added “To our chagrin, some members of the deceased’s family were arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court while those who facilitated the death of their husband were graciously released for no other reason but pecuniary interest even when the complaint against them are yet to be fully investigated.”
They urged the Inspector General of Police to step into the matter to allow the family get justice.