Family Of Slain 17 Year Old Boy Killed By Military Personnel Cries Out For Justice

June 18, 2020
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The family of the 17 year old master Obah Godday who was allegedly murdered in cold blood in Olowojeje community in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State by officers of the Nigerian army has cried out for justice to be served, urging the Chief of Army staff to bring the perpetrators of the gruesome murder of their son to book.

In a petition addressed to the Chief of Army Staff and copied to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman, Senate Committee on Human Rights and his House of Representative counterparts,  Amnesty International amongst others, the family of the slain Obah Godday whose life was cut down by the bullets of rampaging military officers was asking the Chief of Army Staff to order immediate investigation of the extra-judicial killing of their innocent and unarmed son on the 27th day of May, 2020 at Olowojeje community of Ajeromi Local government area of lagos state.

The petition signed by Counsel to the family, Mr. Karo Rugbere reads “we are solicitors to Mr. Gabriel Obah, the father of late Master Obah Godday (hereinafter referred to as our client) and on whose firm instruction and authority we write you this petition” and has “Urgent call for the investigation of the gruesome and extra-judicial killing of master Obah Godday by the Nigerian Army acting on the behest of the sarikin Hausa of Olowojeje community in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State” as its heading.

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The petition stated that very recently, there was a dispute between the Hausas and the Yorubas residing in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State and that on the 27th day of May, 2020, the Sarinki Hausa relying on his link with the Nigerian Army, allegedly invited some military officers to the area with the intention to kill and maim.

It further explained that “for inexplicable reasons, the military officers who invaded the community started shooting sporadically and in the process killed master Obah Godday who was buying indomie noodle at the time of the unfortunate incident”. He was said to have been shot at close range by the army officers and was confirmed dead at Femi Hospital situated at 41 Bale Street, Olodi Apapa, Lagos State. A copy of the death certificate showing the cause of death was also attached to the petition.

“sir, as soon as the Military officers made their point after wasting the life of Master Obah Godday who was just 17 years at the time and the lives of other helpless  persons, they zoomed off” the petitioner stated.

While lamenting the untimely and gruesome murder of their son, the family accused the Sarinki Hausa for being unperturbed asking for his immediate arrest to unveil the identities of the military officers who allegedly, extra-judicially murdered their 17 year old son.

The family also sworn to pursue the case to its logical conclusion and will not rest on its oars until justice prevails on the matter.

See letter below:

15th June, 2020.

The Chief of Army Staff,

Nigeria Army Headquarters,

Garki,

Abuja.

Dear Sir,

URGENT CALL FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF THE GRUESOME AND EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF MASTER OBAH GODDAY BY OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY ACTING AT THE BEHEST OF THE SARIKI HAUSA OF OLOWOJEJE COMMUNITY IN AJEROMI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE.

We are Solicitors to Mr. Gabriel Obah, the father of late Master Obah Godday (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘Our Client’’) and on whose firm instruction and authority we write you this letter.

Our brief reveals as follows:

Very recently dispute erupted between the Hausas and the Yorubas residing in Olowojeje Community in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State.

It is our further brief that on the 27th of May, 2020, the Saraki Hausa relying on his Muslim brothers in the Nigerian Army, invited some military officers into Olowojeje Community in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State with the intension of killing specific persons, but for inexplicable reasons, the military officers who invaded the community proceeded to Olowojeje Community and started shooting sporadically killing over Fifteen (15) persons most of whom were not yorubas.

Our brief reveals that Our Client’s son who was buying indomie at the unfortunate time when the sporadic shooting started, was shot at a close range by bullets from the guns of your officers and died at Femi Hospital, situated at 41 Bale Street, Olodi Apapa Lagos State. A copy of the death certificate is attached.

Sir, as soon as the Military Officers made their point after wasting the life of Master Obah Godday who was just Seventeen (17) years at that time and the lives of other hapless persons, they zoomed off.

While the Saraki Hausa remains unperturbed because of his obvious connections with his Muslim brothers in the Nigerian Army, the blood of (late) Master Obah Godday is in the wilderness crying for justice.

As we speak, the Saraki Hausa Olowojeje Community in Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State knows the identity of the military officers who extra-judicially murdered Our Client’s son.

It is in the light of the above that we call on you to use your good offices to do the following:

ORDER THE INVESTIGATION OF THE GRUESOME AND EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF MASTER OBAH GODDAY BY OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY ACTING AT THE BEHEST OF THE SARIKI HAUSA OF OLOWOJEJE COMMUNITY IN AJEROMI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE.

Yours sincerely,

For:

KARO RUGBERE, ESQ.            

Counsel

Cc:

  • THE PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA,

ASO VILLA,

THREE-ARMS ZONE,

ABUJA.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS,

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA,

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY,

THREE-ARMS ZONE,

ABUJA.

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS,

FEDERAL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY,

THREE-ARMS ZONE,

ABUJA.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

SAHARA REPORTERS                                                     

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