Eldanojie Joseph, a 20-year-old business administration student of a polytechnic in Edo State, was said to be on a visit to his cousin, Friday Ojah, who lived on Alape Street, Iba Ojo, Lagos, when he was hit by a stray bullet from SARS operatives at the Ogoja Market.
According to Punchng, the operatives were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, identified as Badoo, who had parked his car and fled upon sighting the officers. The operatives were said to have started shooting sporadically.
Ojah said: “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. The SARS team alleged that Joseph 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 officers on the team that killed Joseph were identified as Lucky, Oganla. A lawyer and family friend of the victim, Saheed Sanni, decried the killing, saying the policemen must be arrested and brought to book.