Private Obafemi Peter Adetayo, a Nigerian soldier, died after he was allegedly fired at by Department of State Services (DSS) operatives at Elegushi Beach over the weekend.
According to a relative of the deceased, Adetayo was approached by anonymous security operatives, and he was in the process of bringing out his ID to properly identify himself when he was shot in the stomach by the operatives.
He said that the DSS had threatened the family’s silence about the incident.
“I lost a brother today. He was a Soldier. No, Boko Haram didn’t kill him, Bandits didn’t. He didn’t die at the war front. He was shot in the stomach by DSS in Lekki when he attempted to bring out his ID card. Again, Nigeria failed its own. My God! He was so full of life. An amazing soul to the core. He was always smiling. I can’t process the fact that I won’t see him ever again. Living in Nigeria is equivalent to walking on a time bomb set to explode the next minute “The DSS is threatening his elder brother to die (kill) the matter. He was in ICU but died today,” he wrote.
Maj. Olaniyi Osoba, spokesman for the Nigerian Army’s 81 Division, confirmed the soldier’s death and said a joint investigative team has been formed to figure out what led to the shooting.
“Yes, it is true that one of our soldiers was shot in a controversial circumstance around the Lekki general area. He was evacuated immediately for medical attention while a joint investigation is ongoing to ascertain what led to him being shot. Sadly we lost him this morning. Let me assure you that appropriate action would be taken at the end of the investigation.” he said