Hundreds of youths, made up of family, friends and neighbours of the slain Oyesunle twins, Taiwo and Kehinde, filed out on Thursday night at Ketu, Lagos, to mourn them and their friend, Jeje Adesanya, who were shot dead last Saturday by a drunken policeman.
Afterwards, the cop, Stephen James, turned the gun on himself and committed suicide at Paulson Hotel, Ketu.
The candlelight vigil saw a procession held for the victims of the killer-cop along Dairo Street, home of the departed twins. With photos of the deceased hanging from a pole, the mourners sang dirges.
A friend of the twins, Shola Makanjuola, said that he and the others at the procession were devastated. “But we won’t relent in our struggle to get justice for them,” he said, while clutching onto a photo of the twins.
For Bukola Aransiola, who said she was a relative of the deceased twins, their death was more tragic, given that they had merely gone out to have fun.
“Those who saw their bodies said they were shot at close range,” she said, noting that the twins were the only children of their aged mother. She added that the deceased brothers had a bright future and had continued to work towards achieving their dreams, which centered around pulling their old mum out of the grip of poverty.
A friend of the twins, Architect Anuoluwapo Oluwaseun, who said he has known the twins for over 20 years, also expressed grief. “We’re still looking for answers as to why a trained mobile policeman would shoot three persons to death at a hotel,” he said.
The devastated mother of the twins has been moved to Sango-Ota, Ogun State, by her relatives, due to the influx of people.
The killer policeman, attached to Mopol 22, Ikeja, Lagos had officially been posthumously dismissed by the police authorities, having been found guilty of abandoning his primary duty post, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Alapere branch, Ketu to solicit for free drinks at Paulson Hotel on Anibaba Street.
“This implication of the judgement is that his family would not get any form of benefit from the Force. Police authorities are, however, in touch with the families of the deceased twins and their friend and are giving all necessary assistance to ensure that the burdens of the families are reduced,” a police source said.