The family of a man who was killed by a police ordinance protecting Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman and CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has lamented the negligence.
According to the Peoples Gazette, the deceased teenager was killed inside an Abuja brewery by the police officer who is said to be drunk.
Family members said Abike Dabiri-Erewa had not approached them with condolences since the incident.
More than a month has passed since Samson Jonah was killed by a drunken officer attached to Ms. Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja. Jonah was shot and killed while eating breakfast at a brewery by Samanja Johnson, an inspector who was very drunk on burukutu, a locally made corn-based alcohol, witnesses told the Gazette.
The October 3 incident gripped Apo-Dutse residents, who demanded justice against the police officer. Subsequently, the police arrested Mr. Samanja, but he has not yet been charged with the murder of the 19-year-old.
Mr. Jonah’s uncle, Gom Pius, who has been representing the family in Abuja, said that Ms. Abike-Erewa did not visit or sympathize with the family.
“We did not put our eyes on any representative of the police or Abike Dibiri office to sympathize with the family,” Pius said.
However, Mr. Pius confirmed that Mr. Johnson’s family showed sympathy and donated a cash gift of N200,000 for the burial.
“Only the inspector (Samanja Johnson), her own family, donated money to us when we buried our son 10 days after his death,” Pius said.
The Gazette understands that Mr. Jonah was buried on October 13 in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Ms. Dabiri-Erewa did not return multiple calls and messages for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
Ms Erewa, who has since received other police protection, has led the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission since her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.