Debate rages over ‘drug overdose’ as boy, 16, who died after being ‘bitten by guard’ is buried

Lekki toll gate has come in for sharp criticism since the mysterious death of Bimbo Damilola, a 16-year-old who died on Nov. 24, 2017. The case is being handled by the Lagos State Police…

Debate rages over ‘drug overdose’ as boy, 16, who died after being ‘bitten by guard’ is buried

Lekki toll gate has come in for sharp criticism since the mysterious death of Bimbo Damilola, a 16-year-old who died on Nov. 24, 2017. The case is being handled by the Lagos State Police Command and the matter has been linked to “drug overdose” — although the cause has yet to be established.

“It’s 12 months since my child died and I still don’t know what killed him,” Damilola’s mother, Kehinde Ogunsanya, wrote in a series of Facebook posts commemorating the anniversary. “No police official has bothered to even give me an explanation.”

“This has been difficult for me,” Ogunsanya continued. “The last year has been like living with a burden that you can’t bear. And it’s now happened again. The police are just calling it overdose. I don’t believe it.”

She has demanded a full police investigation and re-investigation. “We need accountability because that boy was hungry, he was scared, he was traumatized and he was completely helpless.”

Ogunsanya also questioned why the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Minister of Works Babatunde Fashola have not done anything to make amends for what happened.

“The two people responsible for making this atrocity stop are those two governors,” she wrote. “Why aren’t they doing anything?”

As of writing, Ogunsanya had received no response.

A Facebook thread by Bimbo Damilola’s distraught father in April tracked the relationship between the teenager and the guard that left her dead in a creek, and the past-his-prime father who was leaving his children for another woman.

The conversation was called “Slow-Motion Unravelling.”

Read the whole thread here.

Read Ogunsanya’s latest Facebook post here.

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