The Lagos State Police Command has arrested five persons in connection with the murder of a policeman at College Road, Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria today, Wednesday August 29th.
A statement released by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, some youths had gone into a rampage in the area this morning and in the process, killed a policeman and vandalised a patrol vehicle.
The youths said they were angry over the death of one of them who had a fall out with the police two weeks ago and died today. Oti in his statement said the rampaging youths had stormed the Area ‘G’ Command, Ogba with the intention to overrun the police formation and commit arson but found it impregnable.
However, the Area Commander in-charge, spoke to them, promising to order an investigation into their grievances which bothered on the death of a fellow youth
The police spokersperson stated that the police authorities in the state are unaware of any encounter with the deceased as no formal complaint was received to that effect.
He added that the deceased officer and indeed the entire patrol team had the option of defending themselves with their firearms against the mob but chose to show restraint in face of provocation but unfortunately the rampaging mob never allowed them that option hence Sgt. Collins paid the supreme price.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, in his reaction to the incident, said that policemen in the state had on several occasions shown restraints in the face of provocative actions. He therefore warns that policemen may be forced to use their firearms to defend themselves, other people about being killed by a mob and in the protection of government assets.
Oti said five persons have been arrested in connection with the crim and that the suspects had been transferred to the Homicide section at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
He added that they would be charged for murder at the conclusion of investigation.