Oyogist.com gathered that Onifade, who was working with GBOAH TV, was arrested by the policemen at Abattoir, Oko Oba area of Agege, on United Nations Day while on official duty and shot dead days later.
The family of Pelumi Onifade,the 20-year-old journalist, has demanded justice from the Lagos government , Inspector-General of Police and therefore the Commissioner of Police within the state over the killing of their son.
The deceased’s uncle demand for investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
He urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, and therefore the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to make sure that cops involved within the killing of Onifade were delivered to book.
He said, “On 24th of October 2020, there was a crowd during a compound at Oko-Oba, Agege. Onifade Pelumi and his colleague were sent as media personnel to understand what exactly was happening therein area. While in an interview with the residents, they said, “we are hungry, we would like soldiers to go away so we will carry our food, this food is for COVID-19”.
“Apparently, they believed the COVID-19 was stored during a warehouse on the brink of the compound. During the interview, task force officers came with cutlasses, throwing bottles and shooting live bullets as they attacked the gang . Out of fear, the gang including Onifade Pelumi ran for his or her lives. during a moment , his colleague saw that Pelumi had already been injured and was being carried by four task force officers into their van (Black Maria), his colleague tried to defend him showing his ID card and making them understand that he was putting on a GBOAH TV jacket, they threatened him with a cutlass and cocked their gun at him.
“A thorough search was conducted from police stations to prisons everywhere Lagos State for four days (Saturday 24th to Tuesday 27th) after which a ‘missing person’ graphic was shared across all social media platforms to assist the search of Onifade Pelumi which went viral. that very same evening of Tuesday 27th of October, the top of task force Lagos State called, saying he saw the post, and that they agreed to satisfy us on Wednesday 28th of October at the State Headquarters, Ikeja.
“After the meeting with the task force, the officer that led the squad said they arrested five people at the Ministry of Agriculture Abattoir, Oko-Oba, Agege, but one person died and that they have dumped his corpse at Ikorodu mortuary. They scheduled a gathering for Thursday to verify if his name was within the list of these arrested, if not they’re going to attend the mortuary at Ikorodu to verify . thanks to the general public holiday on Thursday, the appointment was rescheduled for Friday.
“On Friday morning, we need to Ikorodu and behold it had been Pelumi Onifade’s Corpse. At age 20, he was the breadwinner of his family that consisted of his father, mother and two younger sisters.
“We are posing for these four points agenda; whoever pulled the trigger must be identified and prosecuted accordingly. within the absence of the culprit, the one that led the squad must be held responsible and prosecuted. The family of Onifade Pelumi should be compensated and that we demand a public apology from the Lagos government and Lagos State Police Command.”
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