Musician Chinedu Obi Shot by Police for Having Tattoos Dies
Musician, Chinedu Obi, aka Zinquest, has been shot dead. He was shot by a personnel of the Ogun State Police Command in the Sango area of the state.
It was reported that the musician, Chinedu Obi was protesting his arrest when the men of the Sango Area Command gunned him down on Friday, July 19, 2019. The reason for his arrest being that he had tattoos.
The musician was still alive after being shot, but was accused of destroying the windscreens of over 17 vehicles parked on the premises of the area command while protesting his arrest.
Footage making the rounds on social media showed the Delta State indigene lying in a pool of blood as he requested to contact his parents. However, the people who gathered around him, were condemning him for destroying the vehicle windscreens. This did that instead of taking him to the hospital.
Statements from close relatives suggests police negligence
A close from with Instagram handle, @therevolution_is_here, said “They (police) never took him to hospital, neither did they communicate or allow Obi to communicate with any member of his family. Instead, they were taking pictures, making videos and ridiculing him until he bled to death.”
The close friend, who stated that Obi had visited one Adio Sodiq in the area when he was arrested, said his death became public knowledge three days after he was shot.
He added that the police refused to release Obi’s remains because of the damaged vehicles.
The close friend’s statement read in part, “The police claimed that he found an axe, which he used in destroying the windscreens of several vehicles parked on the premises of the station. He was killed in cold blood by law enforcement officers of the Sango Area Division.
“He died there and the video was leaked on social media three days after the incident happened. Meanwhile, the family sent lawyers there the same day that the video was released; but the police told the lawyers that Obi’s remains won’t be released until they pay for the damaged vehicles. Obi had some psychological stress but never deserved to be killed or left to die like an animal. These brutal killers must be dealt with.”