The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the police had not made any progress in the case because family members and eyewitnesses had refused to come forward.
A source close to the family however said no one had come forward because immediate family members were not around at the time of the incident.
She said, “Last Friday when Irawo was shot dead, his sister, Ojia, was in Abuja. She arrived in Lagos that same day when she heard of his death.
“Their mum just came back from America while their father flew in from Sudan on Monday so when do you want them to have appeared before the police? Should they stop their grieving and go to meet the police?
“Where were the police when Irawo was being shot on the street of Nigeria? It makes no sense. Do you know his father is a top army officer? In civilised parts of the world, the police would come to you and look for witnesses and not wait for the family to report.”
The sister of the deceased, Ojia, also said the police was playing to the gallery.
“Some policemen fled the scene of the incident when my brother was shot. I wonder why the police want to interview me now and take my statements. Is that not medicine after death? I really have some questions to ask them,” she said.
Speaking on how she heard about her brother’s death she said, “A doctor told me my brother was shot just after work. That evening, I had to come to Lagos with the next available flight but before then, I spoke to a colleague who was in the accident and emergency at the Lagos State University Teaching hospital. He told me my brother was dead. When I came to Lagos, we went to the mortuary in LASUTH. They had closed and because apparently it was past 10pm and they told me to come see him the following day.”
Meanwhile, the deceased’s school father at St Gregory’s College, Obalende, Emmanuel Ikpeoha, has described him as a respectful and generous person.
He said, “I was Irawo’s school father. He was a very humble boy and he was not mischievous. The last time I saw him was at the just concluded Rhythm Unplugged show. He was the doctor at the event. He prostrated before me. I don’t want to bring back memories; his late elder brother, Imole, was my classmate.
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