Abike-Dabiri and Jonah
The family of a man who was killed by a police orderly protecting Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) have lamented over neglect.
According to Peoples Gazette, the the deceased teenager was killed inside an Abuja beer parlour by the police officer said to be drunk.
The family members said Abike Dabiri-Erewa did not reach out to them to offer condolences since the incident.
It has been over a month since Samson Jonah was killed by a drunk officer attached to Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja. Mr. Jonah was shot dead while having his breakfast at a beer parlour by Samanja Johnson, an inspector who was heavily drunk on burukutu, a locally-brewed, corn-based alcohol, witnesses told the Gazette.
The October 3 incident gripped residents of Apo-Dutse, who demanded justice against the police officer. The police later took Mr. Samanja into custody, but has yet to be charged in the murder of the 19-year-old.
Mr. Jonah’s uncle, Gom Pius, who has been representing the family in Abuja, said Mrs. Abike- Erewa did not visit nor sympathise with the family.
“We did not set our eyes on any representatives from the police and Abike Dibiri office to sympathise with the family,” Mr. Pius said.
Mr. Pius, however, confirmed that Mr. Johnson’s family showed sympathy and donated a cash gift of N200,000 towards the burial.
“Only the Inspector (Samanja Johnson) own family on their own donated money to us when we buried our son 10 days after he was killed,” Mr. Pius said.
The Gazette understands that Mr. Jonah was laid to rest on October 13 in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Ms. Dabiri-Erewa did not return multiple calls and messages for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Erewa, who has since received another police protection, has led the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission since her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.