Few weeks ago, Senator Isah Misau, blew the lead on several allegations of dirt in the Police. His allegation obviously landed him in trouble as he is being prosecuted for offences bothering on character assassination and making false allegation.
But if Sen. Misu is wrong about the abuse in the police, what about this? Names of actual murder suspects swapped with others unconnected with the crime and so arrested and charged with murder.
Saturday PUNCH had revealed in a report last week how Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Mr. Hycent Dagala allegedly swapped the names of the five victims – Segun Salami, Samson Abimbola, Sikiru Egunjemi, Aliu Egunjemi and Jimoh Ogunnupe – with those of the actual murder suspects involved in the murders of two residents of Ilagbo, in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos state, during a communal crisis with their Orinyanrin neighbours in May 2017.
DIG Dagala allegedly ordered the release of the suspects – Hammed Sanwo, Tosin Adenuga Muro Yusuf, Adebola Jabaru, and Muse Arashi.
One of the men charged for the murders, Segun Salami, is the son of one of the murder victims, Musiliu Salami popularly called Matanle in his community, while two of them, Sikiru and Aliu Egunjemi, were also charged alongside the others despite the fact that their case was a land matter that had nothing to do with the communal clash in which the killings took place.
It was learnt that the Egunjemi brothers only got into the hot water because they refused to do the DIG’s bidding on the land matter.
Saturday PUNCH had reported that reprieve came the way of the victims when the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution ordered their immediate release, adding that the suspects released by the DIG were the actual suspects.
Now, if police authorities are keen on cleaning up the force, it should take the right steps. In this case, these innocent people could have been killed for a crime they knew nothing about.