The legislator for Ogun West, Senator Solomon Adeola, has claimed that his assistant, Adeniyi Sanni, died at the hands of Nigerian Army personnel.
This was disclosed by the senator in a statement released on Monday and signed by Kayode Odunaro, his media assistant.According to reports, the legislator lost Sanni, his assistant, early on Saturday, August 5, 2023.
Prior to this, Senator Adeola had declared that he had information about the incident that suggested “security agents” had stopped Sanni at a checkpoint near the Ojodu-Berger Area of Lagos while he was traveling to his residence in Isheri.When the deceased was requested to produce the paperwork for the vehicle he was operating, he called his wife, who then forwarded all of the paperwork to his phone via a WhatsApp message.
Later, when the late Sanni’s wife contacted, she informed him that soldiers were still examining the car’s paperwork.That was the last word she heard from her husband, and Sanni’s bullet-riddled remains were eventually found at a military barracks in Oshodi near the Toyota Bus Stop.
On Monday, however, Senator Adeola made it clear that members of the Nigerian military had slain his assistant.
“Based on the facts that the police have access to, I am firmly convinced that his aide was killed by a gang of soldiers working under the command of Brigadier General Nsikan Edet, the recently deployed Commander of 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment of the Nigeria Army,” the statement read. “They set up checkpoints and stole cars from lone occupants.”
“Reputable law enforcement sources well-versed in the investigation have told me about a violent murder and armed robbery that took place near the same Ojodu-Berger late on Thursday night, August 17, 2023. The victim was another Nigerian, whose body was found near Iyana-Ipaja after he was removed by soldiers from the checkpoint.The soldiers were unaware that the person inside the car they killed and removed belonged to a convoy of two that was traveling in the same direction.
“The second car was stopped to check his vehicle’s papers, but the first car passed the soldier’s checkpoint.
“The congressman continued, saying, “After a while, the first car’s occupant (name withheld) noticed that the second car had disappeared. He called his colleague in the second car, who told him that the soldiers at the checkpoint were taking him to Iyana Ipaja.
“That was the last thing he heard from him, and like Mr. Sanni, his lifeless body was afterwards found discarded on the road.
“The victim in the first car reported the incident to the police, and it was discovered that men wearing Army uniforms were frequently the targets of armed robberies and killings in the area.”As a result, the lawmaker requested that Maj. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff, oversee the hunt for his aide’s killers in order to provide additional inquiry, prosecution, and justice for the departed.
According to him, a pattern of armed robberies and killings against soldiers installing late-night checkpoints around Ikeja had been formed, and there had been similar, unreported instances in the area recently.
“Mr. Sanni’s black Toyota Camry, his phones, and other valuables have not yet been found,” he bemoaned.