EndSARS Protest: Police accused of killing online journalist

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OrijoReporter.com, Pelumi Onifade

The police have been alleged of killing a reporter with an online television station, Gboah TV, Pelumi Onifade, during the EndSARS protest in Lagos State.

Late Pelumi, according to report, was killed in the line of duty while covering a story on palliatives stored in a warehouse at Agege area of Lagos alongside his colleagues.

One of the policemen stationed at the spot to prevent the products from being looted by hoodlums, was said have shot dead the 20-year-old.

The officers, some of whom are attached to Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Task Force) were at the said location to ward off looters following tip-off that miscreants were about carting the palliatives away.

His killing is causing his bereaved family heartache and as per Punchng.com they are crying for justice.

“My son and his colleague were interviewing a woman when the policemen invaded the premises; so, they both ran for safety but because there was nowhere for him to hide, the policemen caught up with him and shot him despite wearing a press uniform. No one knew he was dead when about three policemen dumped him inside a Black Maria.

“We had been searching for him since then; we went to the Abattoir Police Station, Area ‘F’ Division, and the police headquarters, but he was not there. So, when we could not find him, his boss had to post the story online and it was at that point that we knew that a policeman attached to the task force in Oshodi shot him dead.

“A policeman attached to the task force has confessed to shooting him dead and I want justice. The police told us on Friday and it was the following day that they found his corpse at the Ikorodu General Hospital morgue, where he was tagged unknown,” the paper quoted Pelumi’s mother, Mrs Onifade, as saying.

 

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