‘They took my joy away’
Following the killing of Ikechukwu Iloamuzor, a 55 year old man by a stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in Surulere, Lagos state, his wife, Mrs Ngozi Iloamuzor, has demanded justice for her husband.
The late Iloamuzor, who was reportedly a driver, was found dead on a road divider, bleeding from a gunshot wound on his jaw on Monday after police officers opened fire on protesters demanding an end to police brutality in the nation.
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In an interview she granted TheCable on Thursday, Ngozi stated that her husband was not a troublesome man and he was widely loved by people around him.
“We’ve been married for 11 years. My husband is not a troublesome one. My husband loves me and I love him too. We don’t have, but we are managing. Who is going to help me now? They just took my joy away from me. I want them to find the person that killed my husband,” Ngozi said.
At the time of this report, no policeman has been brought to book, but Ikechukwu’s family has insisted that the state government must fish out and prosecute the police officer responsible for the shooting.
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The traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike community in Enugu state, Emmanuel Ugwu, who spoke on behalf of the family on Wednesday, demanded a thorough investigation into the incident as well as compensation for the family.
“We want a thorough investigation of the incident. We are crying for justice. We want the family to be fully compensated to be able to take care of the people he left behind,” Ugwu said.
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Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, has set up a judicial panel to investigate police brutality and human rights violation by operatives of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS).
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, where he added that officers found to have been involved in harassing protesters in Surulere have been identified and are undergoing trial.