The suspected killer-policemen

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two policemen for allegedly shooting a teenager dead at Bariga area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The two police officers are ASP Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke attached to Bariga Police Station.

They allegedly shot a 17-year-old girl, Tina Ezekwe dead.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Friday said the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered an in depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ezekwe.

“Two Police Officers suspected to have carried out the shooting were arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings. If found culpable, they will be arraigned in Court. They are ASP Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke attached to Bariga Police Station.

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“The incident happened on 26th May, 2020 at about 10:45pm. The said Police Officers fired shots from their pin down point along Berger by Third Mainland Bridge, in a circumstances yet to be determined, one Musa Yakubu ‘m’ 35 years was injured at the point and a stray bullet hit Tina at Berger Yanaworu Bus stop,” he explained.

According to Elkana, the bullet pierced through the left upper side of her lap and was rushed to hospital by a team of Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer.

He said the battle to save her life lasted for two days, as she died on 28th May, 2020 at about 9:29pm while on admission, adding that the second person was in stable condition.

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“The Police are in contact with the families of the victims from the day of the incident. The Command deeply sympathised with the family and friends of the deceased person.

“The Commissioner of Police calls for calm and assures the family that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will face the full weight of the law. He reiterated his stance on zero tolerance for impunity. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” he said.