Schoolboy, 4 Others Killed As Police Clash With Hoodlums
Samuel Okechukwu was a JSS 2 student of Amazing Grace Secondary School in Mushin, Lagos.
Like any other child he was excited about his future and had no reason to think of death.
But unfortunately, on Tuesday, police shot tear gas canisters into his school premises while trying to fend of hoodlums.
Samuel who was asthmatic choked and died.
A few hours earlier, Police officers clashed with some hoodlums in Akala and Idi-Oro areas of Mushin.
Four other persons, including a policeman, were reportedly killed.
Trouble began when police raided Elegba street where some hoodlums sell hemp, popularly known as Igbo.
The hoodlums fought back. But the police reinforced and shot three of the suspects attackers. The hoodlums stabbed one police officer to death.
A resident of the area tried to give an account of events that led to Samuel'd death.
“They should have known that at that period (11am), the pupils would be on break and would be playing on their premises. The boy that died lived with his parents on Amodu Street, Idi-Oro. He was their only child.”
Two of the three deceased have been identified as Akeem Mumuni and Ambali Adeyemi.
An eyewitness narrated the incident to Punch. “There are black spots in Idi-Oro where the hoodlums smoke hemp freely. The police collect settlement from them. The police had gone there two weeks ago and got some settlements. They returned today (Tuesday) and the boys resisted and that was how the fight started.
“The hoodlums brought out guns and engaged the police in a shootout. It was like a war. The police had killed two of them before a cop was seized and stabbed to death. They brought out his intestines with bottles,” he said.
Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said he was aware of the incident, adding that the details are still sketchy.
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