My husband’s colleague killed him during the #EndSARS protest – police inspector widow testifies
According to TheCable, Ms. Olamida Erinfolami, the widow of a police inspector who was shot dead during the #EndSARS protest, has accused her late husband’s colleagues of killing him.
When she appeared before the Lagos State Court of Justice on Friday, the widow said that Ayodeji Police Inspector Erinfolami was shot dead while trying to quell the #EndSARS protest in Surelera, Lagos, state. October 12.
In a petition to the jury on Friday, Gbemiga Ogunlei, the widow’s lawyer, told the court that Erinfolami, the police inspector in charge of the anti-cult and kidnapping unit in Zone C, Surulere, was shot and killed by police who: they violently defeated peaceful demonstrators.
He said the police threw his body in a hospital without contacting his family.
Ogunlei presented a USB drive with a video in which a police officer with an open intestine lay on the ground and called for help.
He said that the police officer was the applicant’s husband.
Telling her testimony to the group, the widow said that she lives in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti, with her children, and that someone in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, informed her of her husband’s death.
“On October 12, 2020 I was in Ado-Ekiti because I will not stay with him in Lagos. He called me in the morning while driving to the office, and I told him that every time he comes to work, he should call me. I went to the market and came back in the evening, I didn’t hear anything from her, ”she said.
“At about 17:00 someone from Maiduguri called me and said:“ Aunt Ola, did you hear what happened? “And what did I say? She said that my husband was killed during the #EndSARS protests in Surelera and I asked her, “How did this happen?” She then said that she did not know that she saw him on social media.
“I called his phone number, he has two phone numbers, no one chose. After about 45 minutes, I just dialed her number, the girl answered the call. Now I asked her what happened, she said that my husband was killed during the #EndSARS protest. “
The widow also accused the police of leaving her family, adding that they refused to hand her body over for burial.
The hearing erupted during cross-examination by police lawyer Cyril Ejiofor, who argued that the police did not neglect the victim’s family and that the widow was compensated.
“In the petition, you claimed that the police killed your husband,” the police lawyer asked.
“Yes, I said that my husband was killed by the police during the #EndSARS protest in Surelera,” the widow replied.
Ejiofor argued that the applicant could not conclude that her husband was killed by a police officer because he was not at the scene of the accident.
Ejiofor said the widow would not know if the police visited her husband’s three-room apartment in Lagos, as she is in Ado-Ekiti.
“They did not come to us, none of the policemen contacted his family,” the applicant replied.
“You were told that your husband was taken to the hospital,” the police lawyer asked.
“Three weeks later Sergeant Monday told me it was they who said it at the hospital,” he replied.
“Were you told that when he was taken to the hospital, he was also alive?” asked the police lawyer.
“Yes, he told me on Monday,” replied the applicant.
“Your husband visited two hospitals before giving the ghost. Is this true or not, “asked the police lawyer.
“Yes, I heard from Eco Hospital and another one,” he replied.
Regarding compensation provided by the Lagos State government, a police attorney asked the widow for the value of a check issued to her by the government.
“I was given $ 10 million,” said the widow.
The complainant is one of six police widows who were paid $ 10 million each by the Lagos State government for the deaths of their husbands during the #EndSARS protest.
Ejiofor asked the jury to update the motion to allow the police to call a witness.
Dorris Okuwobi (retired), chairman of the jury, updated the case as of January 15, 2021.