How Irate Lagos Youths Killed Policeman
Anger, hate and revenge was written all over their faces.
They mobilised and headed straight to the Area 'G' Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Ogba, Lagos.
The mob, mainly youths, stormed the place with the intention to overrun the police formation and commit arson but found it impregnable.
They were addressed by the Area Commander in-charge, who promised to open an investigation into their grievances which bothered on the death of a youth who allegedly died on the 29th of August, 2018, two weeks after an alleged encounter with some policemen.
The youths left, but would only satisfy their urge when at about 1100hrs on Wednesday, same day, at College Road, Ifako Ijaiye, Ogba, Lagos, a police patrol team stationed at a black spot in the aforementioned location was attacked.
In the process, Sergeant Esiabor Collins with service number 260326, was attacked and killed. Also, the patrol vehicle was not spared by the rampaging mob which they vandalised.
Five persons have been arrested in connection with this incident and have been transferred to the Homicide section at the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department where they'll be better charged for murder at the conclusion of investigation.
Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said in a statement that police authorities in the state are unaware of any encounter with the deceased as no formal complaint was received to that effect.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has noted that the penchant to take the law into own hands by some people who easily constitute themselves into a mob is becoming worrisome to say the least.
“The Command wishes to state that the deceased officer and indeed the entire patrol team had the option of defending themselves with their firearms against the mob but chose to show restraint in face of provocation but unfortunately the rampaging mob never allowed them that option hence Sgt. Collins paid the supreme price.”
He added that policemen in the state had on several occasions shown restraint in the face of provocative actions, but warned that policemen may be forced to use their firearms to defend themselves, and other people about being killed by a mob, and in the protection of government assets.
He urged parents to warn their children to refrain from such acts which, according to him, may lead to a breach of peace and unnecessary bloodletting.
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