Widow of LASTMA officer to panel: I want scholarship for my children”

Silifat, wife of a Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) officer, Rotimi Adeyemo, killed by policemen at Iyana Ipaja two years ago has asked the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating allegations of rights abuses against the police to help secure scholarship for her three children up to university level.

Mrs. Adeyemo told the panel her husband was at his duty post on November 2018 at Iyana Ipaja roundabout when he was killed by an official of the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Olakunle Olonade.

The widow said her husband was at home on a fateful day until about 2 pm when it was time for him to resume afternoon duty.

Narrating how her husband died to Justice Doris Okuwobi led panel, the widow, amid tears, said they left their home together as she also wanted to buy certain things.

She said when they got to Iyana Ipaja, she left him and went to buy some items.

She said on her way back, she saw him still working at his duty post.

She said: ” I told him I was going home and he said I should go and prepare beans for him, that he was coming. He even bought a phone and gave it to me to configure for him.”

She said at about 10 pm when her husband should have returned home, she didn’t see him.

Rather, she said it was her sister-in-law and a friend that came in and told her that her husband had an accident and had been taken to National Orthopedic Hospital (NOH), Igbobi.

She said she was taken to her family’s house where the news of her husband’s death was eventually broken to her.

She said since then, things have not been the same for her.

“I pass through Iyana-Ipaja every day because that is my route to work and I go through psychological and emotional pains each time I see where my husband died. I have not been stable since then,” she lamented.

She lamented that the policeman who killed her husband was not brought to justice by the authorities.

She said he was only mobbed at the scene of the incident because her husband was loved by people in the area.

Asked what she wants the panel to do for her, she said: “I want the panel to help me financially because it has not been easy ever since he left me to care for our two kids.

“The future of my children is most paramount to me. I want them to be given good education up to the university level. I don’t know if they can grant them scholarships up to university. I also want them to give us a good house to live in.”

Under cross-examination, by the police counsel, Joseph Ebosereme, the widow said the policeman who killed her husband was lynched by the mob the day her husband was killed.

Asked by police counsel, “would you be surprised to discover the police who killed your husband was lynched that day?”

She responded, “he was not lynched that day.”

“But he later died?” the police lawyer asked.

“I don’t know,” the woman said.

“Will you be surprised if I present the death certificate and mortuary receipt for the Inspector Olakunle Olonade?” the police counsel asked, to which the widow replied, “Let me see.”

The widow, however, affirmed what police counsel said that Lagos State Government gave her N10million.

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