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Police Kill 20 Year Old While Chasing Internet Fraudster

A 20-year-old business administration student was yesterday shot dead by the police in Lagos state. Eldanojie Joseph was walking with his cousin at the Ogoja Market, LASU-Igando Road, Lagos State when he was hit by stray bullet from the riffle of a policeman.

Nigeria Newsday learnt that the SARS operatives were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, identified as Badoo, who had parked his car and fled upon sighting the officers. The operatives began to shoot sporadically.
Our correspondent was told that the officers took Joseph’s corpse, dumped it in the boot of the suspected fraudster’s car and drove off.

The cousin, Friday Ojah, told our correspondent on Thursday that the police, in order to cover up their misdeed, said Joseph was a cult member. He explained that Joseph had only arrived in Lagos about three weeks ago.

He said, “We grew up and attended the same primary and secondary schools together. He gained admission into a polytechnic in Edo State, while I am still processing my admission into the same school. “Around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy a can of soft drink. We were returning home when we learnt that some policemen were chasing somebody.
“We decided to go through the back of the market. As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet in the head and he fell down immediately. “As I tried to call for help, I saw that the policeman that shot him had aimed his gun at me. I fled the place immediately.”

He said the officers put the corpse in the boot of the car left by the suspected fraudster and drove away.
Our correspondent was told that the SARS team that conducted the operation alleged that the victim was a cult member and he had attempted to shoot at them when they fired back.
“But it was all lies. He only had the canned drink we bought, a phone charger and a handset on him when the incident happened. The police lied to cover up their misdeed,” Ojah added.

The policemen on the team that killed the victim were identified as Lucky, Oganla.
A legal practitioner and family friend of the victim, Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the policemen must be arrested and brought to book.

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