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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 2 October 2021


Eulogies at burial of police chief killed by Lagos hoodlums

Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem Abonde Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem Abonde

The Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman, has described the Chief Superintendent of Police, Kazeem Abonde, killed by hoodlums in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos, as a dedicated officer.

Abonde, who was lynched during a raid to enforce the restriction of movement of commercial motorcycles (otherwise known as okada) on restricted routes in the state, was buried in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday.

The IG, in a letter to the late cop’s family and delivered to the head of the family, Chief Sakariyawu Abonde, at the burial of the 54- year- old officer at Abonde community, Ibadan in the Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State, described him as an officer with unparalleled dedication to duty.

The letter read in part, “The death of late CSP Kazeem Abonde is a great loss, not only to the family, but to the entire Nigeria Police Force and the nation at large. The late Kazeem Abonde until his death displayed uncommon discipline, humility and rare commitment and unparalleled dedication to duty.

These qualities distinguished him among his colleagues and these attributes characterised his career and will remain indelible.” The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations at the Lagos State Police Command, Ahmed Kotangora, who led other senior officers from the command to the burial, vowed that the killers of the slain CSP would be arrested and prosecuted.

Tears flowed freely as his remains were interred according to Islamic rites. The burial was witnessed by many policemen.Abonde was described by family, colleagues and relatives as a dedicated police officer and a compassionate man, who assisted many that he came across.

Command begins manhunt for driver who killed policeman  His wife, Idayat, said he was a loving husband and his children described him as a caring father who they would sorely miss.His sibling, Mrs Ganiat Odetayo, said aged parent, wife and children of the late cop needed help.

Another sibling, Mrs Aishat Adedeji, called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to fulfill the promise he made to ensure that Abonde’ killers were brought to justice. 

The 54-year-old police officer who had a master’s degree in Law was due for retirement in nine months and was planning to go into law practice before he was murdered by hoodlums in the line of duty.