Joy Anyim, Lagos.
The Lagos State Police Command and the State Government have been called upon to investigate the killing of a footballer, Sylvester Chinwokwu in the Ketu Alapere area of Lagos.
Mother of the deceased, Mrs. Bridget Chinwokwu, a native of Ubulu-Uku, Delta State made the call saying the killers of her son be brought to justice.
It was gathered that the late Chiwokwu was shot dead at the Alapere area of Ketu ,Lagos while on a commercial motorcycle (Okada ).
Speaking on how her son was killed, Mrs. Chiwokwu said although she was not present when her son was killed, she was only informed of the incident by an elderly man.
She said, “ An elderly man told me that when my son was on Okada ,he was shot in the hand , he fell down and as he was struggling to stand up, one of the gun men who were in a Toyota Camry car ordered him not to stand up or be shot dead.
“ As he was struggling in excruciating pains , he asked what his offence was and one of them , Femi said he was always dressing well and has refused to associate with their group .One of them said he was still asking questions , so he commanded other men to finish him .He was stabbed severally.One of them used axe to to butcher him. He was shouting for help , but no one came to his rescue.
“ My son was not staying in Lagos , he was playing football in Abuja, and planning to go out abroad to join a club. He just came in few months ago to help me in some projects. On the fateful day, he had gone to see his sister who stayed in Alapere . As he arrived her house, my daughter told him to go back to Ikorodu where we stay as cult groups were fighting and shooting . He adhered and he boarded Okada ,and as he wanted to leave, one of his friends called him on phone and told him to come over to his place from where he intended to leave to Ikorodu. It was on the way to his friend ,that he met his untimely death.
“ Why I am pained is that his father died long time ago. I suffered to bring my children up . My Children suffered with me . We hawked together to raise money to train them in the schools. He has finished his studies and has taken to soccer. His brother has perfected plans to to put him in a club. My child had been complaining bitterly that each time he went to see his elder sister , Femi and his group used to tell him that he was proud and that because he has been blessed ,he would not assist them. We used to stay at Alapere before my first son managed to build a house for me in Ikorodu.
“ I learnt that the Police have seized the vehicle that they used in the operation was recovered by the the police and parked at Thomas Police station ,off Owede Onirin .I learnt that the owner of the vehicle has been coming to claim the car. I am calling on Governor Ambode and CP Edgal to wade into the matter and bring the killers to justice. I want to know those who kill my son and why they butchered him like a Common criminal ?I want to know if he took something from them .My hearth is burning like fire . I am finished because , Sylvester was a loving child .He was a special person who kept people happy . There was never a dull moment with him. If I had the premonition , I would have allow him to come from Abuja.
“ Please, concern people should help me fight this injustice and man inhumanity to man. I am a widow , please, help me out so that this battle will not consume me. I am on my knees begging that Ambode and Edgal to come to my rescue . I want justice so that the spirit of my son will rest in peace.”
Friend to the deceased who attested ti the personality of the deceased said, “ I live in the area , I have known Sly for over 20 years .He and his siblings are special people who would not hot a fly. They later left for Ikorodu ,but one of his sisters still lives with her husband in Alapere and that was the person he came to see.
“ As to whether he was a cult member, I will tell you capital no . He was killed out of jealousy. Femi and his gang just hated him, because he was not paying homage to them .They would gather in a drinking joint ,looking for people to buy them drinks and pepper-Soup . If you don’t buy them drinks , they would fight that person. The police killed two of the suspects ,through the fell suspects , the police will be able to trace others . They have been killing people for so long a time . This should be the last killing .Let the police do their job and fish out the killers. “
Speaking on the incident, the Police public relations officer for the state , CSP. Chike Oti , said, “ We are aware of the killing. When our men received a distress that a man was shot, they gave the vehicle a hot chase and one of the suspects was shot dead while others escaped with bullet wound. We have recovered the operational vehicle which is at Thomas Police station.
“The vehicle has no number plate. We are trying to know who owns the car and under the circumstances the car reached the hands of the hoodlums. I want to assure that as usual , we will get the killers. We will do justice to the matter. We are investigating and we will do it to a logical conclusion. “