The Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola, has alleged that soldiers of the Nigeria Army operating checkpoints around Ikeja axis of Lagos State killed his senior aide, Adeniyi Oluwatosin Sanni, in the early hours of Saturday August 5, 2023.
Senator Adeola had earlier stated that the circumstances indicates that Sanni was stopped at a checking point around Ojodu- Berger Area of Lagos on his way to his home at Isheri by “security agents” who asked him to provide the documents of the car he was driving, which he did through a call to his wife who sent all the documents to his WhatsApp.
It was gathered that the wife called a while later and Sanni told her that the soldiers are still checking the vehicle’s paper. That was the last she heard from her husband, before his body ridden with bullets was later discovered at Toyota Bus Stop area of Oshodi, close to a military barrack.
Channels TV reported that in a statement issued in Abuja, Senator Adeola stated that he is of the firm belief, based on available facts at the disposal of the Police that his aide was killed by a syndicate of soldiers operating under the newly deployed Commander of 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Nsikan John Edet.
The chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations, in the statement he personally signed, said top Police sources familiar with the investigation informed him that a similar brutal killing and armed robbery occurred around the same Ojodu-Berger late Thursday night of August 17, 2023, resulting in the killing of another Nigerian whose body was discovered around Iyana-Ipaja after he was taken away by soldiers from the checkpoint.
According to information revealed by the senator in his statement, “Unknown to the soldiers, the occupant of the car they killed and took away his car was the second car in a convoy of two heading towards the same destination.
“The first car passed the soldiers checkpoint but the second car was stopped to check his vehicle’s papers. On noticing the absence of the second car after a while, the occupant of the first car (name withheld) placed a call to his colleague in the second car who informed him that he was being taking to Iyana Ipaja by the soldiers at the checkpoint.
“That was the last he heard from him and his dead body was later discovered dumped on the road just like Sanni.”
The survivor in the first car reported the case to the Police and a pattern of armed robbery and killing in the area involving men in Army uniform was established.
Senator Adeola called on the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja to direct the fishing out of the killers of his aide for further investigation, prosecution and justice for the deceased as a pattern of killings and armed robbery has been established against soldiers mounting late night checkpoints around Ikeja with similar unreported incidences in recent times around Ikeja, adding that “the Nigerian Army cannot be seen to condone or harbour rogue elements robbing and killing innocent Nigerians within its fold”.