Family of slain 20-year-old fashion designer cry for justice as officer has not been arraigned

 

The family of Ayomide Taiwo, the slain fashion designer attacked by a police inspector in Osun State has called in well meaning Nigerians to ensure justice for their deceased son.

The family said the cry was important as the officer who brutalised their son has not been arraigned to court as promised by police authority.

Recall that the Police officer, Ago Egharevba was supposed to be arraigned in court (Monday) but was not because the State Police Command said it was still conducting its investigation.

Ayomide died at 08:30 am on Sunday after six days in coma at the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, where he was receiving treatment.

It was gathered that on Tuesday, Ayomide was attacked alongside his brother, Wasiu Taiwo at Ibokun and sustained an open injury on his head.

“We are looking for more evidence before the accused could be charged to court. The police will charge Inspector Ago to court immediately after we finished our investigation.” The PPRO, Yemisi Opalola had said.

In a chat with newsmen on Tuesday, the elder brother of the deceased, Olaire Taiwo called on Nigerians to ensure the family gets justice in the case.

He also said the family would resist all possible means by the Police to bury the case.

Olaire said the family are patiently waiting for the Police to conclude its investigation before deciding on the next move.

In his words, “we won’t allow the Police bury the case, we are going to do everything within our means to ensure we get justice. We are waiting for the Police to conclude their investigation, we are following the case keenly.

“We also appeal to well meaning Nigerians, Human Rights activists to come to our aid and support us in getting justice in this case.”

He also lamented the death of his brother, saying the hard working lad who just did freedom from his apprienticeship was wasted because of N50 bribe.

Echoing a similar views, Mr Segun Agboola, who is an uncle of the deceased said police authority should ensure justice prevails on the matter .

Agboola who said the suspected killer police should be charged to a competent court and be made to face his music in accordance with the law so as to serve as deterrent to other policemen.

He also sought for the compensation of the parent of late Ayomide, saying the vacuum the deceased left would be very difficult to fill.

However, the Nigeria Police Force has said it has dismissed Inspector Egharevba in a statement on Sunday but the Police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola.

Source confirmed that the remaining two police officers at the checkpoint when the incident happened were now in the custody of the police at the state Criminal Investigation Department.

Speaking with InsightMedia Correspondent on why the officer has not been arraigned, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Undue Adie said it because he’s an Inspector of Police and the zone eleven  in Osogbo has no substantive Assistant Inspector General for now.

Adie said he would today (Wednesday) forward the report to the police headquarters and he hopes that he will be arraigned on Thursday or Friday.

The police Commissioner, however, said the trial committee has concluded its investigation and he has recommended Egharevba’s dismissal only waiting for the approval of the IG.

 

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