The Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of the four policemen who shot dead two suspected phone thieves in the Igando area of the state.
This was disclosed by the state Police spokesman, Bala Elkana, adding that they would face murder charges.
It would be recalled that a video had gone on viral social media on Tuesday, showing the officers manhandling and later killing the suspects.
Elkana identified the policemen as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila; adding that they were attached to the Iba Police Division and not the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, adding that their action violated the code of conduct of the Force.
Elkana said: “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a video on social media showing some police officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody, against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated.
“The policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila, attached to Iba division patrol team.
“The incident happened on August 19, 2019 at about 3pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine of Agege Motor Road, Mushin, that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba, and they dispossessed him of one iPhone Max valued at N450,000.
“Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Iba, promptly deployed the divisional patrol team to the scene.
“Two of the armed robbers were arrested, while two escaped.
“Two locally-made pistols with six live cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered.
“The gang is said to be notorious for a series of robberies in Iba and environs.
“It was a well celebrated operation by the team, as the suspects were gallantly arrested.
“The team, however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody, instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.
“That act of extra-judicial killings falls short of Police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command.”
According to Elkana, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
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