It’s the third day of August in 2020, and one other Nigerian in his prime has been killed.
His title? Taiwo Ayomide.
Who killed him? A drunk policeman.
Why? The police officer hit him with a gun on the pinnacle as a result of after the police man demanded a bribe, all Ayomide needed to supply was 50 naira.
You see, Ayomide was not from a wealthy house. Even in 2019 after finishing his tailoring coaching, he was unable to have fun his commencement with a ceremony the place the sponsors and instructor would pray for him and absolutely induct him into the craft, as was customary. There was no cash to try this.
As a primary little one raised by a single mom, Yemisi, who’s a smallholder farmer, Ayomide tilled the soil in a distant village to boost cash for his commencement ceremony and purchase stitching instruments to kickstart his profession as an unbiased tailor.
He had a Jincheng bike he rode at any time when he visited his mom in Iragbiji. In early August 2019, Ayomide returned house to work together with his coach for some time.
“He even brought me a keg of palm oil,” mentioned Popoola Adebayo, Ayomide’s coach.
The cops on the highway between Iragbiji and Ibokun, each in Osun state, had a tradition of extorting travellers. Yemisi, Ayomide’s mom, knew this and had given her son a number of notes of N50 to present to the police on the checkpoints on the highway.
On August 3, 2020, Ayomide was driving on this route together with his youthful brother, Oladimeji Wasiu, when he was stopped by the police at Ilahun village, alongside Ibokun. He was requested for a bribe as his mom predicted however when he supplied the police N50, it was rejected.
According to Oladimeji, who witnessed the occasion, the impatient and drunk Inspector Ago Egharevbe all of the sudden hit Ayomide with a gun on his head. That strike led to inside bleeding. Ayomide later died after spending 5 days on the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Osogbo, Osun State. He was 20 years previous at the moment.
“As he was bleeding through the nose, the oxygen mask was sending the blood back into his head,” Adebayo, his coach, mentioned. “He was only breathing but never opened his eyes until he passed on.”
A tough employee
Popoola Adebayo remembers Ayomide for his zeal in direction of work. “He was a rare kind of apprentice I can never have again,” Adebayo says. “That kind of luck only comes once. He pushed everyone beyond limits to meet deadlines and motivated his colleagues and me.”
Real Justice Is Missing
The police officer who killed the 20-year-old was dismissed from the Force and charged to court docket to face the total wrath of the regulation.
The case is stalled earlier than the Federal High Court in Osogbo, says Popoola, who attends the trials on behalf of the bereaved mom. “Normally, the police prosecutor would call us whenever there is a hearing but no one is inviting us again at the moment,” he mentioned.
The final time in court docket, on February 22, 2021, the police had informed them to “let bygone be bygone” because the offender had been dismissed.
But, Yemisi, Ayomide’s mom, desires justice past the dismissal of the erring officer.
And she is but to retrieve the corpse of her useless son.
“Ever since, I have not been able to access the remains of my son. The police want us to drop the case in court before giving the order to release the corpse,” she mentioned.
“I am not ready to withdraw the case until justice is served. If you go back to that same road my son was killed, they only changed the police officers. The police are still there to extort road users. We are tired of all that.”
A companion gone
For Yemisi, Ayomide’s departure means she has misplaced her one and solely actual companion. She misplaced her husband a number of months after Ayomide was born on September 8, 2000.
“Whenever I sat alone to think about loneliness, he would come to pet me and assure me of becoming all that I would ever wish for in a father and son,” she mentioned of her deceased son.