Saturday, 10 August 2019

Soldiers, police storm Lagos community after youths detained officers who 'killed' a trader

Some soldiers and policemen on Saturday stormed palace of a traditional ruler in Jakande in Ijegun, Isolo local government area of Lagos state, over the detention of two police officers.

Angry youth had taken the officers to the palace in the area after a female trader, Busayo Owoodun, was killed by a bullet allegedly fired by policemen who were chasing some suspected cultists.

According to reports, the trader was pronounced dead at the hospital she was taken to after the incident.

The operatives reportedly fled after learning of the incident but youth in the community held two of them.

Some of the policemen who escaped later returned with soldiers.

As the youth, who lit bonfires in front of the palace where the officers were being detained, sighted them, they started pelting the security operatives with stones and bottles but they fired into the air to disperse the aggrieved youth.

The soldiers and some policemen later moved into the palace of the traditional ruler. After some minutes, the soldiers left the community while policemen remained in the palace and strategic locations in Ijegun.

Reacting to the incident, the Lagos police command says its men came under attack by suspected kidnappers when a stray bullet killed Busayo.

In a statement, police spokesperson in Lagos, Bala Elkana, said a team from the police’s anti-kidnapping squad was trailing the suspects who joined forces with cultists in the area. 

“On 10th August, 2019 at about 1455hours, a team of policemen from the anti-kidnapping unit attached to Area M Command Idimu tracked some kidnapping suspects to Ijegun – Isolo road, Ijegun bus stop but came under attack by members of the deadly gang,” the statement read.

“A stray bullet hit one Busayo Owoodun ‘f’. The gang with the support of some notorious cultists in the area, attacked the police team and injured the team leader, ASP Victor Ugbegun and two others who are currently in critical condition at the intensive care unit.

“Reinforcements from operations department, rapid response squad, task force, and neighbouring divisions were able to contain the situation and evacuate the injured officers to hospital.”

The command added that it has launched a manhunt of the assailants with a view of bringing them to justice, and the commissioner of police, Zubairu Mu’azu, had also ordered for an investigation to be carried out.

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