Lawyer writes NASS, demands autopsy on late Police Inspector, Peter’s body

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Lagos based Lawyer, Ohemu Boni, has petitioned the National Assembly, over the mysterious death of Inspector Sunday Peter.

Late Inspector Peter was a Police Officer, attached to the ‘Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command, before he was murdered.

In a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Barr. Boni expressed the disappointment of the family over the role played by the colleagues of the Late Inspector, calling for thorough investigation, to ascertain the real cause of Peter’s death.

The petition which was received on Friday at Senate President’s and Speaker’s offices, was also copied to the Chairmen of Committee on Public Petitions of both chambers.

“The Late Insp. Sunday Peters, on the 16th May, 2024, in the normal course of active duty, went on a patrol with his team members along Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos State and he was hale and healthy.

“Our client, Mr. John Peter, a brother of the late officer said he was called on his GSM phone about 7am on 17th May, 2024 in the morning, and was asked if he is the deceased officer’s brother, which he answered in the affirmative and was told that his brother is dead. Our client made effort to know the cause of his brother’s death but nobody was giving any answer.

“It was upon getting to the RRS office that he was informed that his late brother’s body has been taken to the mortuary in Yaba, Lagos. Several efforts made by him to see the body of his brother were rendered abortive, until the RRS Commander later permitted him to go and see his late brother’s body.

“It is pertinent to state that, the only information supplied to him officially at the RRS Office is that, his late brother complained to his colleagues of uneasiness and he was taken to the Police Hospital, Falomo, Lagos, that he walked to the hospital himself and eventually died”, the petition read in part.

The Lawyer suspected fowl play in the manner in which the late gallant Inspector died and how his colleagues deposited the corpse in the morgue before informing the family.

He averred that, Inspector Peter was already death before taken to the hospital and, contrary to the position of the Police that he was ill, a discreet investigation at the mortuary revealed that the late Inspector was murdered.

Barr. Boni said, “However, our client who reviewed his late brother’s body maintained that, there were bruises, cuts and blood on the deceased’s body, hence, his team members have more information they are concealing as to the cause of the late officer’s death. Find attached, copies of photographs showing our client’s late brother’s body.

“Following the above stated facts, the entire family of Peter Ogoyi as well as the deceased’s immediate family have been thrown in disarray as the mysterious death of Late Insp. Sunday Peter has caused them, especially the aged father, serious pains, trauma and pangs”.

The petitioner therefore, craved the indulgence of the Honourable House and the Senate, “to wade into this matter and cause the Inspector General of Police to direct that a discreet investigation be conducted and an autopsy examination of the deceased body done, to ascertain the real cause of death”.

Meanwhile, a source close to the family hinted our correspondent that, the Police authority in Lagos State was secretly discussing with the wife of the deceased, who is also a Police personnel of Edo State origin, to hurriedly bury the corpse in Inspector Peter’s home town, Otukpa, Benue State next week; against the wish of the family.

“As we speak, the Commissioner of Police has sent out signal and the police have printed posters and commenced burial arrangements to hurriedly bury our brother, against our wish.

“Because they know the wife is not from our place and she is a Police woman, they decided to cajole her to allow them bury her husband like a chicken.
“We are from Otukpa. We are Idomas and our tradition doesn’t allow such burial until we know the cause of the death of our brother. If not, it would lead to more deaths. We won’t allow that to happen. The Police should come out and tell us what and who killed our bread winner. We won’t take it,” the source stressed.