Monday, September 14, 2015

NDLEA Allows Graduate to Drown during Raid

Agboyi river

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have been accused of drowning a 32-year-old graduate of Law, Dapo Olasore, in the Agboyi, Alapere area of Lagos State.

The incident reportedly happened on Sunday after the officials, who came in two vans without number plates, raided the area.

According to Punch Metro, Olasore, aka Omopo, was about boarding a canoe to a neighbouring community to see a relative, when the officials stormed the community. They were said to have shot sporadically into the air, sending frightened residents fleeing in different directions.

However, Olasore, who was by the riverside, was said to have been held by the trousers by the
NDLEA men; and in a bid to free himself, fell into the water. A boatman, who attempted to save him, was said to have been threatened with guns, leading to the death of the victim.

When Punch’s correspondent visited the community, he observed a crowd of residents and motorcyclists in the area, who had got wind of the news, at the riverside.

It was learnt that the victim, who graduated from a university in Ondo State, joined the National Union of Road Transport Workers in 2014, after he could not get a job. His family was resident in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

A witness and friend of the victim, Tosin Oshin, said the NDLEA officials arrived around 10.45am.
He said:
“It happened around 10.45am. We suddenly saw two white vehicles in our community. They began shooting into the air and everybody started running helter-skelter.
“They went to the riverside, where Omopo (Olasore) was about boarding a canoe. As Omopo saw one of them, he wanted to run like other people, but the officers held him. In the struggle to free himself, he fell into the river.
“A boat operator, who was about to rescue him, was threatened with guns. Omopo raised his hand and asked for help, but they didn’t help him.”
Oshin said immediately the incident happened, the officials fled the community with two suspects.

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