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Daudu Waliu Is Dead: APC Chieftain Killed By Police Stray Bullet In Lagos

......My husband had great plans for our four
children- widow laments
.....APC youths, civil society react
.....As killer cop arrested
By Evelyn Usman
A stalwart of the All Progressive Congress,
APC was shot dead by a stray bullet from a
Mobile policeman in Ladipo area of Oshodi,
Lagos.
There were, however, different accounts as
to how the deceased, Daudu Waliu was sent
to an unprepared grave.
A version of the account said that the father
of four, who was into rentals, had gone to
pack some chairs he rented to the Celestial
Church of Christ, Oshodi Parish, on Olatunji
Street at about 8 pm.
By the way, the church celebrated its annual
harvest and extended its tents beyond the
church’s premises, owing to the crowd that
graced the occasion.
As one of the dignitaries who came with a
police escort was leaving the venue, some
social miscreants otherwise called agbero,
reportedly accosted him.
In the policeman’s bid to disperse the
miscreants, eyewitnesses said he fired some
shots, one of which hit Waliu in the head,
killing him on the spot.
Another version
However, another version of the account
said that Waliu was on his way to pack
another set of chairs when the stray bullet
from the venue of the church’s programme,
hit him in front of his house, on Bello street.
When Vanguard arrived late Waliu’s
residence on Bello street, the bloodstain
from the bullet that lodged into his head
was still on the spot he slumped and died.
But Vanguard observed that the spot he
died was over a kilometre away from where
the shot was fired.
Widows morns
Sympathizers, throng his abode to
commiserate with his widow, Mrs Yemi
Daudu, who was seen crying.
Sharing her last moment with her husband,
the widow who was yet to come to term
with the rude shock of her husband’s
demise, said, “ I was in the shop when I
saw him on an Okada. He said he was
going to pack his things, promising to be
back. But he never came back. Rather, I got
a call from someone who asked where I
was. I told the person I was in the shop.
The caller asked where was my husband, I
told her he had gone to work.
She said I should call my husband to know
where he was, that she had unpleasant
information. I called my husband’s
telephone number but the line didn’t go.
“ Almost immediately, I heard another
person making calls in front of my shop. I
heard the caller asking the person at the
other end if it was that man that rented
chairs. At that point, I became scared. I
rushed outside and held the man by the
shirt, asking what happened. He said we
should go to the house. By the time I got
home, I met my husband on the ground,
dead. (sobs)
At this point, sympathizers began to
console her and requested that she kept
quiet. But she continued, “ my husband left
me with four children. Tell me, where do I
start? He had a great dream for their
education. He assured them that he would
give them the best of education within his
financial limit. He was a quiet and easy-
going man”.
At this point, her children: Abeeb, 12; Basita
, 9; Basit, 6 and Alim 2, came around their
mother, weeping alongside.
Vice-Chairman of the Oshodi-Isolo Local
Government was among those who paid
condolence visits on the widow.
In an interview with Vanguard, he described
the incident as unfortunate, saying, “ We are
here to pay condolence visit on late Waliu’s
widow. The victim was a member of APC
and also one of the stalwarts. He was one
of the wards executives.
Beyond that, as a citizen of this local
government, we felt we should come to
share in the family’s moment of grief.
“We learned that the Police have
commenced an investigation into the
incident. We will have to wait for the
outcome of the investigation. The
investigation is the reason why Waliu had
not been buried. Because, as a Muslim, he
ought to have been buried. But we are still
waiting for the police to get their facts.
APC youths
Reacting to the incident, APC Youths, in
Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, condemned
the policeman’s action, describing it as
barbaric.
The party’s youths in a statement signed by
Comrade AbdulRahman Ayuba said, “
We totally condemn the barbaric and
ungodly killing of one of us at Ladipo axis
of Oshodi isolo Local Government. We,
therefore, demand the immediate arrest of
the perpetrator, in order for him to face the
consequences of his action in the court of
law.
“We are using this medium to appreciate all
our members and the entire people of
Oshodi particularly the people of Ladipo for
their concerns and solidarity support since
the period of the incident till this moment.
While we allow the law enforcement agency
to carry a proactive and speedy
investigation on the incident, we implore all
our members to remain calm and law-
abiding”
Also in its reaction, the Centre Against
Injustice and Domestic Violence, CAIDOV,
called on the Lagos State Commissioner of
Police, CP Muazu Zubairu, to unmask late
Waliu’s killer cop.
A statement signed by the Executive
Director, CAIDOV, Comrade Gbenga Soloki,
said, “ the incident is unfortunate, wicked
and pure murder. Unmasking the killer cop
will bring succour to the family of the
deceased as well serve as a deterrent to
other policemen”.
The group in the statement also appealed to
the police hierarchy to withdraw policemen
attached to some prominent Nigerians, as
well as carry out periodic checks of police
escorts to ascertain whether they were
serving policemen or miscreants who
disguised as policemen.
CCC Shepherd arrested
Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that the
Sheppard of the Celestial Church of Christ,
Superior Evangelist Alabi, had been
arrested.
Police sources hinted that his arrest formed
part of an ongoing investigation into the
incident.
“ His arrest will also link us with the
eminent Nigerian that came with the Police
escort who allegedly fired the shot”, Police
sources hinted.
When Vanguard visited the church, its
secretary who did not disclose his name
referred this reporter to the Church’s
headquarters at Ketu.
He said, “ I can not speak on it because we
have someone who can speak at the
headquarters at Ketu. You can go and get
answers to any question”.
Vanguard also gathered that the policeman
who allegedly fired the shot that snuffed life
out of the father of four had been arrested.
Vanguard learned that he is attached to one
of the Mobile Police squads.
When contacted, the Lagos State Police
Public Relations Officer, DSP Elkana Bala,
said the investigation into the matter was
ongoing.

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