A grieving sister, Folawewo Opeyemi, has revealed in chilling details how an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps shot her brother, Abdulqudrid Toefeek Omotolani, 31, twice on the head at close range at Pipeline, Ile-Epo area of Lagos State.
Opeyemi, recounting the incident amidst tears, identified her brother’s killer as Osho Kehinde.
She said: “The NSCDC personnel who killed my brother is Osho Kehinde.
“He and his colleague, Ohiafi Tunde, a Chief Corps Assistant, with service number 15093, carried out the act.
“Ohiafi ran away after the killing.
“Unfortunately for him, his identity card fell.
“We picked it up when we went to retrieve our brother’s corpse from the scene of the murder.
“Osho shot my brother twice on his head at close range.
“We want government to intervene and bring them to justice.
“We want them killed for killing our brother.”
Police detectives attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, Panti, Yaba, Lagos are now quizzing Osho over the shooting incident, which occurred on Sunday.
Opeyemi further said: “My brother, Tofeek Omotolani, was a driver with BRT.
“He stepped out to buy recharge card, close to our house at Pipeline area of Ile-Epo when he was murdered.
“Some NSCDC personnel, who were smuggling petrol from pipelines, were attempting to escape through the street, but were stopped by some youths.
“The youth insisted that the NSCDC officials wouldn’t be allowed to pass with the fuel.
“One of these officials got down from their vehicle and opened fire.
“The bullet hit my brother on the head and then he shot him again a second time.
“He took his colleague’s gun and pointed it at the youth, while his own gun was pointed at my brother’s corpse.
“He dared anyone to come close.
“It was policemen that later came and disarmed him.”
NSCDC’s spokesperson in Lagos State, Kehinde Bada, an Assistant Superintendent, said the incidence occurred at a security post manned by operatives of the corps mandated to guard and protect the pipelines in Abule-Egba area, Oke Odo, a suburb of Lagos.
Bada said: “A group of youths, five in number, suspected to be vandals, attacked the NSCDC post on Sunday at about 9pm to steal the firearms.
“This led to a scuffle between the officer on duty and the suspected vandals, during which the victim pulled the trigger while trying to disarm the officer and unfortunately lost his life.
“This is an attack on the NSCDC officer.
“However, investigation has commenced and necessary procedures will be followed.
“The corps values the life of citizens of the country and will in no way take life of another.”
The corps image maker further said the operative involved in the incident was taken into police custody for safety as he called for back up from the nearest police station.
Bada said the operative was taken into police custody after the youth in area went on rampage to avoid more loss of lives.
The police spokesman in Lagos, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed that the NSCDC operative was in their custody at the State CIID, Panti, Yaba
Oti said the operative and some arms, ammunition and other items used for their operation were evacuated from the scene of incident to the Homicide Unit of the State CID for investigation.
He said: “We are yet to get details of what happened.
“There was a distress call that someone was killed in Abule-Egba area.
“Our men went there to rescue the NSCDC operative on duty.
“The police rescued the operative, arms and ammunition and other materials they use for their operation to the Homicide Unit of the State CID, Panti.
“Investigation had commenced.”