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Killing Of 33-Year-Old In Lagos Raises Dust

Police and family of 33-year-old man allegedly killed by police stray bullets trade words


Controversy trails the killing of a 33-year-old apprentice alleged to have been killed by the police in Lagos.

The victim was alleged to have been killed by policemen who alleged that he was a suspected armed robber but the family of the deceased said the boy is innocent and was not a robber as alleged by the police who framed him up to cover their tracks.

Sources said six policemen said to have been involved in a raid in the Ilaje- Ajah area of the state which led to the killing are already being quizzed by operatives of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID)Alagbon Annex in Lagos on the order of the police high command.

According to our source the six officers, whose names are yet to be ascertained, were attached to the Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Yaba and were arrested and detained for questioning.

The deceased met his end when the policemen trailed some suspected robbers to their alleged hideout in Ilaje community in the Ilaje-Ajah area.

It was gathered that the apprentice, was sleeping inside one of the buildings in the area and he went out Sokoto see what was amiss following the sound of the sporadic gunshot and was hit by a stray bullet. Sources said the victim was hit by a bullet and he died instantly.

Orimisan’s elder brother, Adeogo, had told reporters that the policemen, who accused the deceased of being a suspected robber, also took away his corpse.

It was gathered that the family had sought the assistance of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other human rights groups which pressure the police, to investigate the matter leading to the eventual arrest of the officers who were complicated in the matter.

Meanwhile, our source said the officers who are still being detained would be charge to court soon.

Efforts to reach Police spokesman Lagos Command Deputy Superintendent of Police Joe Offor proved abortive as he was said to have been out of his office for an assignment with the commissioner.

–   Damilola Olaniyan 

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