Ketu Boxing Day Tragedy: How trigger-happy policeman murdered my children – Mother



Mrs Beatrice Oyesunle, the 75-year-old mother of the twin brothers who were shot to death by a drunk Mobile Police Sergeant, weekend, alongside their friend, in Ketu area of Lagos, yesterday said the death of her only surviving children had crumbled her world.


This is just as one of the children, Taiwo Oyesunle, was discovered to be a Naval personnel attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship Wey, Satelite.


Taiwo, his identical twin brother, Kehinde (34) and their friend, identified simply as Jeje were said to have gone to Paulson hotel, on Anibaba Street to book a room for the latter’s girlfriend who would be returning to the country Saturday night.

On reaching the hotel, they were reportedly accosted by a gun wielding Mobile pliceman, Sergeant Stephen James, attached to MOPOL 22, Ikeja, who demanded for a bottle of beer.


one of the guests told the visitors not to buy any alcoholic drink for him (policeman) as he had already taken three bottles of beer and a local drink popularly called Alomo bitters.

The trio had cautioned him to stop harassing customers, who reportedly declined to buy him bottles of beer.

Sergeant James corked his riffle and opened fire first at Jeje, who was celebrating his birthday same day, in his right rib and elbow, killing him on the spot.


Sensing all was not well, eye witnesses told Vanguard yesterday that Taiwo who was clad in an ash shirt and navy blue trousers, attempted to flee the scene, only to be dragged back on his collar by the trigger happy cop who shot in his head, killing him also on the spot.


At this point, eye witnesses further said that Kehinde stood, pleading with the policeman to spare his life. But before he could finish the statement, a bullet from Sergeant James plunged his left ribs, causing him to fall. Another bullet was reportedly lodged in his buttocks by James.


Thereafter, Sergeant James was said to have knelt down and shot himself in the chest, with the bullet launching out from his back.

Mrs Beatrice Oyesunle, described the demise of her children as a double tragedy for her. says the promises her children made to her had been shattered.

She said, “I just came back from church yesterday when they broke the news of their death to me. The government should help me because Taiye and Kehinde were the only hope I have. I have been stripped naked because they are my clothes. Who will I turn to now?


“They promised me a lot of things next year. They wanted to start building a house on my parcel of land next month. This is the seventh month after the death of their father.”

Finding it difficult to believe what has happened, mama, as she is fondly called asked rhetorically, “where are my twins and my only source of survival ? Where do I start from? Who do I run to? Are you sure they are dead?”

At a point, her speech was no longer coherent, thereby causing her to be placed on sedative, which put her to sleep.


After six hours of rest, she woke and spoke with this reporter, saying: “when I lost my husband six months ago, they (children) told me they would take his place by ensuring I lacked nothing, even if it meant them going hungry. They kept to their words

A relative, who did not want his name in print spoke to the Punch and demanded that the police should be made to compensate the mother of the deceased.


He said, “Why was he given a gun when they knew he was a drunk?  They should also pay compensation to the mother.”


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