Driver in camera footage of Nigeria police shooting

Written by Staff Writer By Matt Simko (CNN) — Newly released CCTV footage from a toll gate in Lekki, Nigeria, might shed more light on a crime that has yet to be solved five…

Driver in camera footage of Nigeria police shooting

Written by Staff Writer

By Matt Simko

(CNN) — Newly released CCTV footage from a toll gate in Lekki, Nigeria, might shed more light on a crime that has yet to be solved five years after the incident.

Video captured by a motorist’s surveillance camera the night of July 24, 2012, shows members of the Nigeria Customs Service stop a lone man. One of the officers slaps him on the neck, forcing him to put his hands behind his back.

Two of the officers grab the man’s head and slam it against the side of a pickup truck. Then two shots are fired, one into the right side of the man’s neck and another into the back of his head.

The officers can be seen standing over the fallen man after the shooting, their arms outstretched while yelling, “go and tell them what you’ve done. This is Nigeria.”

The officers in the footage have never been identified. But witnesses and family members said police repeatedly shot Adetokunbo Akinwunmi while he stood alone at the toll gate along the Lekki Expressway.

Police later said Akinwunmi had stolen a container, then refused to pay for its return to customs. They say they shot him because he had not cooperated.

“We have more reason to believe that Akinwunmi was a victim of summary execution by Customs men in order to smear his name,” lawyers representing Akinwunmi’s family said in a statement.

Officers never found the container. But a former worker at the toll gate told CNN he saw customs agents actually stealing from passengers before they entered.

The shooting has left a lasting impact on Akinwunmi’s wife and three children. They have since moved to Lagos.

“I know that they committed a crime,” Akinwunmi’s wife, Rasheedat, told CNN. “I feel sad, because they didn’t think twice.”

Akinwunmi’s former employer said he was a hardworking worker who valued his job.

“If he had stolen the container, that would not have saved him,” said the former employee, who asked not to be identified. “Those guys are not God-fearing.”

Five years on, Akinwunmi remains a figure of ridicule, much like the Fast and Furious operatives posing as robbers in that 2011 action film.

The events that night are ongoing litigation. Akinwunmi’s lawyers say they are optimistic a case will be brought against Customs and the officers involved in the shooting.

— With more than 65 years of combined military service, CNN International correspondents Matt Simko and Baher Azmy have covered crime, crime-fighting, hacking, storms, freak weather, war and faith. Follow their follow-ups on-air and online.

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