Irate mob at Akowonjo area of a Lagos on
Thursday, April 13, went on rampage after a mobile policemen allegedly
killed a South African returnee simply identified as Niyi (pictured)
The young man was shot dead at Erico Hotel, forcing angry residents to take to the streets. The
protesters resorted to violence, vandalising the hotel, shops and vehicles.
outlets in the neighbourhood have been shut down and houses locked.
Heavily armed policemen were deployed to the area to prevent further
outbreak of violence.
It is not exactly clear what happened, however, media reports said the deceased had issue with a friend over a sum of N5.2m Niyi sent to him in for safekeeping while he was in South Africa.
money only to find out that his friend Santo has spent it.
attempts to get the money, he was said to have reported the case to the
police. The policemen reportedly told him to alert them once he sighted Santo in the hotel, where he always stayed.
Niyi and his friends reportedly visited the hotel to verify if he was
there. A resident of the area, Segun Ajayi, who spoke to PUNCH Metro,
said Niyi was into an undisclosed Internet business, through which he
realised the money.
“Niyi had not been in the
country for a while. He just returned last week. While he was in South
Africa, he did a job and told his friend, Santo, to help him pick up some money which was about N5.2m. He told him to keep the money. But before he came back, Santo had started spending.
“He lodged at Erico Bellisima Hotels. Niyi had been going to check him at the hotel, but the receptionist insisted Santo
was not there. He and his friends went there this morning (Thursday)
and confirmed Santo was there. Niyi called operatives of the Special
Anti-Robbery Squad. They said they were on their way and that he should
ensure Santo did not leave the premises.
“Santo sent a worker to check
if Niyi and his friends were still around. They beat the worker. A
policeman securing the hotel came in and instead of asking what
happened, he started shooting. He chased the men and shot Niyi in the
leg; the man fell. As he was struggling to stand, he shot him in the
back at a close range and he died on the spot. The policeman knew Niyi
very well; he was probably aware of the N5.2m deal.”
Source: Additional report by PUNCH