Lagos CP orders arrest, trial of Police officers involved in Crest Inn Club shooting



… Assures families, friends of victims of justice

…Vows not to tolerate impunity under his watch  

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the arrest and detention of Police officers involved in the shooting incident that occurred at Crest Inn Club situated at No. 28/30 Balogun Street, Oshodi.

The incident which occurred at about 8.30pm last Friday to the death of 27 year old Maliki Mohammed while two other persons sustained injuries.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana gave the names of the Police officers involved in the shooting as; Inspector Orubu Olusola, Inspector Apalowo Ola, Inspector Kasai Sule, Sergeant Momoh Ogwuche and Sergeant Adoga Collins attached to Akinpelu Division.

The statement added that the said officers were under the supervision of DSP Oloko Wale, who is the Divisional Crime Officer and ASP Adamu Babajo, the Divisional Operations Officer.

“In their statement, the team said they were at the club in response to a complaint made by one Makinde Omowunmi Abibat ‘f’ of No. 9 Olaore Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi at Akinpelu Police Station that she was assaulted in the Club. That while trying to effect an arrest, they were attacked by some hoodlums which necessitated their use of firearms.

“This however, fell short of the provision of Force Order 237 which defined the circumstances in which a Police officer will be justified to use his firearms and the use of Force.

“The Police Officers involved are already facing internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room Trial at the Provost Department of the command. If found guilty, they will be handed over to the conventional Court for prosecution. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the Orderly Room Trial”, it said.

The statement further said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) and the Divisional Operations Officer were issued official queries for lack of supervision.

It said, “Eleven suspects were however arrested in connection with the attacked on the team. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation into the case.

“The CP empathized with the families of the deceased person and the injured persons. He called on the good people of Lagos State to remain calm as justice will not only be done but will be seen to be done.”

Photo: Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.

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