We now live in fear of our lives – Family of security guard allegedly mistakenly shot by police

by Chi Ibe

Musa in hospital

The family of security guard, Joshua Musa, who was allegedly shot by police men in the Lekki Area of Lagos, along with his employer, Femi Badejo, a banker in a bizarre case of mistaken identity or police negligence now lives in fear of their lives.

According to a Punch Newspapers report:

Family members of a security guard who was allegedly shot by men of the Lagos State Police Command on Saturday at Ikota, Lagos, have expressed fear over the safety of their relative.

The guard, Joshua Musa, and a banker, Femi Badejo, were shot on their premises by policemen who were invited to foil a robbery operation.

Musa’s uncle, Mr. Adamu Askira, a retired assistant superintendent of police, told our correspondent on the phone on Wednesday, that although Musa was responding to treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, his life might not be safe.

He said, “I am aware that the police thought he was dead. Musa may be in danger now because they are aware he is alive.

“He (Musa) only began to eat today (Wednesday) since the day of the shooting. His health is improving but we are conscious of his security.”

Askira said two of Musa’s brothers would keep vigil over him at all times and no stranger would be allowed to see him without his (Askira’s) permission.

Askira, who said he had incurred debt over his nephew’s treatment, added that he would have preferred to move the victim out of Lagos.

He said, “We want to move him to another hospital to keep him safe but we are currently facing a financial constraint. I am even willing to move him out of the state.

“But we still owe a lot of money on his treatment. The hospital has been giving him treatment on the basis of my credibility.”

Askira said he was set to lodge complaints at the human rights commission’s office.

He also berated the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, for ordering a reporter of The PUNCH, Mr. Kunle Falayi, out of the command’s headquarters on account of the story.

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