Four Policemen arrested for extra judicial killing


…To face murder charges

The Lagos State Police command has arrested four Policemen attached to Iba Division of the command for shooting two unarmed suspects.

The Policemen who were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila, allegedly killed the two 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.

Confirming the arrest, the spokesman of the command, Mr. Bala Elkana disclosed that the incident happened on 19th August, 2019 at about 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine of No. 250 Agege Motor Road, Mushin, alleging that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and dispossessed him of one iPhone Max valued at N450, 000.

Elkana added that acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene leading to the arrest of two of the armed robbers while two escaped.

According to him, “Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for 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.

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

“The Police officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court.”

He however assured that members of the public would be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial.

Photo: A cross-section of the Policemen arrested for extra judicial killing in Lagos.

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