Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has visited Ngozi Iloamuazor, the widow of Okechukwu Iloamuazor, who killed a stray bullet during the #EndSARS protest in the Surulere area of the state last Monday.
Governor Sanwo-Olu arrived at the victim’s house on Saturday and was received by family members led by the family lawyer, Bede Enewally.
The governor commiserated with the family over the incident which he described as unfortunate, saying late Iloamuazor should not have died under the circumstance but assured the family that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
He said: “On behalf of the state government and the people of Lagos, I commiserate with the family over this mindless brutality that led to the death of your son.
“We condemn the endless killing of innocent citizens to the highest level. It is highly disheartening to learn that the victim, Mr Iloamuazor, was performing his legitimate duty when the unfortunate incident happened.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu informed the Iloamuazor family that the police officers involved in the killing of their patriarch have been arrested and are currently going through internal disciplinary measures.
“The officers involved are undergoing orderly room trial as we speak, but we will allow the police complete their investigation,” he said.
He insisted that the state government would take the officers’ punishment beyond the established disciplinary guidelines of the police.
He said: “We will certainly take the case out of the police and bring the full wrath of the law on the officers who perpetrated this irresponsible act. This will be a clear signal for other trigger-happy officers,” he assured Iloamuazor’s family.
“Mr Iloamuazor’s death is a sad loss not only for the family but to the entire citizenry that has clamoured for an end to police brutality.
“I assure you that his death won’t be in vain and the case will not be swept under the carpet. This is going to be the beginning of a real change that people want to see in law enforcement.”
He noted that all those maimed or killed in Lagos in the course of the demonstration would be duly compensated, stating that the state government would honour their sacrifices by pushing for reforms that would bring about a policing system that would uphold the rights of citizens.
Fifty-five-year-old Iloamuazor, who was a driver, died on Monday during the protest when police operatives shot in the air in an attempt to disperse some of the protesters who were moving towards the Anti-Cultism unit of the police command in Surulere.
A policeman, Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami, also died in the incident.