Late Kazeem Sunmonu Abonde was the police officer that was murdered in the line of duty by hoodlums on Thursday, September 23, at Ajao Estate in Lagos State.
He got recruited into Nigeria Police Force with his secondary school certificate. He got his OND and HND in Secretarial Studies through struggle, but still was not promoted until Tafa Balogun did it for those with additional qualifications. He was regarded as an intelligent officer. He secured admission to study Law at the Lagos State University and finished in 2018. He then did a Master’s degree which he finished in 2019. Three days before his death, he was making moves to start his chambers after his retirement, not knowing that his life would be cut short.
Kazeem’s immediate elder brother, the first child of their parents, Mr Lukmon Abiodun Sunmonu-Abonde, said: “The news of his (Kazeem’s) death came to us as a shock. We met in Lagos in September when we went for the introduction ceremony of a family member. He was the one who coordinated everything and we had planned the wedding for December 18 but now Kazeem is dead. “He loved his family. He embraced all. He participated actively in family activities.”
Our father was a policeman, who retired as a Corporal after 15 years of service because there was no promotion and the salary was poor. He was at Eleyele as a mobile policeman at MOPOL 5 then. When my brother left secondary school, he joined the Nigeria Police Force. Shortly before his retirement, my father had given him a letter to an Inspector at Eleyele. That was how he became a Constable at Apata Division.
He used to be on night duty and would go to school in the morning. That was how he got his OND and HND certificates from The Polytechnic, Ibadan. When he was transferred to Akure, he started his Master’s degree programme at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and got MBA in Public Administration.
“The IGP then, Tafa Balogun, was magnanimous in picking those with certificates and promoting them and my brother became an Inspector after participating in a training programme in Jos, Plateau State.
He was transferred to Kogi State and became a DPO. He was much-talked about in Kogi as a humble and all-embracing man. After then, he came to Lagos and was DPO Ajangbadi. His good performance at Ajangbadi by destabilising hoodlums brought about his transfer to command headquarters to the operations unit until we heard if his death.”