Following outcries on the social media over the killing of a 20-year-old lady by policemen in Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos, the police has arrested and detained five police officers involved.
The Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, on Sunday released the photograph of the officers, declaring one Inspector Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting, wanted by the command.
Elkana gave the names of the arrested officers as Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeants Adeyeye Adeoye, Kashim Tijani, Lucky Akigbe and Paul Adeoye.
Ada Ifeanyi was shot dead at 4b, Amusa Lane, off Ojo Road, Ajegunle on Saturday morning.
The policemen also shot 32-year-old Emmanuel Akomafuwa, of 52, Babatunde Street, Olodi Apapa, at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa.
The incident happened on Saturday, April 13, 2019 around 7am,” Police said; contrary to social media allegations that they were shot at night while they were returning from a club.
In a tweet via his verified Twitter handle at midnight, Nigerian rapper and actor, Ruggedman @RuggedyBaba, alleged that “Men of the Nigerian Police have killed another innocent Nigerian youth.
“They killed a 20-year old girl in Ajegunle, while the boy that was with her was also shot and is fighting for his life.”
The tweet was accompanied by gruesome images of the victims.
However, PPRO Elkana said: “The victims were taken to a hospital and Ada was confirmed dead. Emmanuel is on admission receiving treatment for the injury he sustained.
“Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting are from Trinity Police Station and are facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja.
“Their rifles have been retrieved for forensic analysis by ballisticians. If found wanting, they will be prosecuted at a conventional court for murder.
“Lagos State Police Command condemned in total, these senseless killings of unarmed civilians by few ‘bad eggs’ in the command, who are bent on denting the image of the police.
“The command will not relent in its efforts in ridding the force of these criminals. Those involved in extrajudicial killings and abuse of power are promptly identified, isolated, tried through internal disciplinary proceedings, dismissed from service and prosecuted in conventional courts.”
Elkana added that the command had in the last one month dismissed four policemen for abuse of power and conducts unbecoming of police officers and punished 41 others.
“The four dismissed policemen were charged to court and remanded in prison custody. Our resolve in building a more humane, professional, dedicated, courageous and people-oriented force is a task that must be done and together we can make it a reality,” he said.
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