How Ikechukwu died protecting his jerry can of petrol

Civildefence corps kill boy, shoot three
others over fuel in FESTAC
The lingering fuel crisis, which is taking its
drastic toll on Nigerians across the country,
yesterday resulted in the death of two
persons in Lagos when a female staff of the
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp
(NSCDC) shot dead a boy, simply identified
as Ikechukwu and another unidentified
person at the AP Filling Station 21 Road,
FESTAC Town.
The boy was alleged to have bought fuel in
a jerry can and was going home when he
was accosted by a team of Civil Defence
officials, who arrested him.
The boy, who eyewitnesses say could be
about 18-years-old, was said to have laid
down on the road pleading with the
officials to allow him go home as he was
not a fuel hawker, but had just bought the
fuel for personal use.
Eyewitnesses said the commander of the
team, who felt the boy was resisting arrest,
ordered a female official to shoot the
“bastard” and the woman promptly obeyed
and shot the boy.
On seeing the boy dying in a pool of blood,
the Civil Defence corps zoomed off in their
patrol van and fled from the scene, while
shooting frantically into the air.
According to Mr. Samuel Udeh, “the
environment was peaceful, we were at
Forte Oil filling station maintaining a queue
with our gallons at around 1:30p.m., when
the Civil Defence officers came in. They
dragged our gallons and started seizing it,
including those who have bought. Some of
us objected, including the deceased.
“They said they were on a special mission
to wage war against black marketers. He
refused to release his gallon and then
poured his petrol on himself, saying it is
better than giving it away to the civil
defense people.
“To my greatest surprise, they started
shooting and were not facing it up but were
pointing their guns at people, which led to
the killing of Ikechukwu. He was shot at
three times, a bullet on his shoulder, throat
and stomach. He died instantly. Others who
were badly injured are Dero Okowope,
Smart and K.B. The most annoying thing is
that it was a lady officer that was shooting
and carelessly killed Ike. Immediately, they
ran away with their van and continued
shooting to scare people away,” he
narrated.
They said they were on a special
mission to wage war against black
marketers. He refused to release his
gallon and then poured his petrol on
himself, saying it is better than giving
it away to the civil defense people. To
my greatest surprise, they started
shooting and were not facing it up but
were pointing their guns at people,
which led to the killing of Ikechukwu.
He was shot at three times, a bullet on
his shoulder, throat and stomach. He
died instantly.
As at press time, men of the military patrol
tagged ‘OP Mesa’ and the Nigeria Police,
led by the FESTAC Police Station Divisional
Police Officer (DPO), Monday Agbonika,
were on ground, making sure that the
angry mob did not take laws into their
hands.
The angry sympathizers had attempted to
set the filling station and some petrol
tankers ablaze, but were prevented by the
security operatives.
A senior police officer, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, said the killing of
the young boy was unwarranted. “Why
should they kill the boy? I think the Civil
Defence corps doesn’t know when to use
firearms. They don’t even have regulation
on fire arms usage.”
The Lagos State police command
spokesman, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed
the incident, told The Guardian that the
police was investigating the matter with a
view to fishing out the Civil Defence
personnel who committed the act and
prosecuting them in the law court.
“One person was shot dead while three
others were severely injured. The area
commander Area E is on ground restoring
normalcy while the command has
commenced investigation to identify the
civil defence operatives that were
involved.

By Odita Sunday, Tanba Stephen and

Tobore Efe

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