There was a post HERE yesterday, about this shocking obituary poster. According to The Nation, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on the state Police Command to investigate the murder case of Mr Anene Utazi who was killed on February 25 at the Ladipo Market, Mushin. Utazi’s death followed the clash between security agents and traders during a protest against alleged extortion. The call followed a motion moved by Hon Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II) under matters of Urgent Public Importance. Idimogu, who decried the incident, said such needed to be investigated to prevent further destruction.
According to him, one man from Awoyemi Family who claimed ownership of a portion of land at the market came to the market with armed thugs to destabilise it. He said that the thugs destroyed a lot of property at the market and killed the victim in the process. The lawmaker, however, called for a quick passage of Land Grabbers Bill on the floor of the House to check all land-related issues.
Responding, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, described the incident as a bad image for the state. Obasa said that the matter should be investigated by the Police to curb future occurrence. Meanwhile, Ladipo Market President-General Mr Kingsley Ogunor yesterday narrated how Utazi died during an attack by hoodlums who invaded the market.
|The late Anene's corpse|
At a briefing at its secretariat, he said Utazi, 27, sustained injuries from matchet cuts on his head and a gunshot on his right muscle on February 18. He fell into a coma and died a week later. Ogunor urged the Inspector-General of Police (IG), AIG Zone 2 and the state Commissioner of Police to fish out the killers of the late Utazi, adding that so far no arrest had been made. ‘’The magnitude of these cases and its emotional outburst is not one to be swept under the carpet for us to achieve a serene environment. As we remain calm, peaceful and law-abiding, we have explicit confidence in the Nigeria Police force in discharging their constitutional duties,’’ he said.
A representative of the Utazi family Mr Denis Dieke called for justice. Dieke lamented that his brother was attacked despite that his shop was in the middle of the market. While seeking a befitting funeral for the deceased, he urged the government and his colleagues to assist Utazi’s family, noting that he had many relatives and an aged father as dependents.