Authorities Of The Nigeria Police Force Decries The Wanton Killing Of A 20-Year-Old Girl In Ajegunle, Arrest Five Officers And Declares Inspector Wanted.
Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have reportedly killed 20-Year-Old Ada Ifeanyi during a shooting spree that also left Ada’s boyfriend Emmanuel Akomafuwa struggling for life in a hospital.
According to a source, operatives of the Lagos State Police Command immediately arrested five Police officers said to have carried out the dastardly act and declared wanted a certain Inspector, Dania Ojo, who was said to have absconded; the shootings allegedly took place in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
The arrested policemen are Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeant Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergeant Kashim Tijani, Sergeant Lucky Akigbe and, Sergeant Paul Adeoye.
The incident which was said to have occurred in the early hours of Saturday involved three friends who were returning from an all night outing to Club J5 in Olodi Apapa, reports have it that while returning around 6:30a.m on Saturday, when they were accosted by some SARS operatives on bike, but because they were not certain of the identify the officers, rather than stopping, Emmanuel, who was driving refused to stop and sped off, this gave rise to a chase and the Police officers eventually overhauled the occupants of the vehicle and opened fire on them.
Jessica who was sitting in front with Emmanuel was hit twice in the belly and once on the lap, she died on the spot, while Emmanuel who was said to have attempted to duck behind the dashboard got hit at the back of his head, fortunately for the third occupant of the vehicle, he survived the ordeal unhurt.
The officers were later identified by some eyewitnesses and the DPO of Trinity Police Station confirmed that they have been transferred to the headquarters in Ikeja for interrogation.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said that the arrested Police officers were already helping the force to unravel what led to the heinous crime in the internal inquest currently going on at the Command’s headquarters, he assured the public that if they were found wanting, they would be prosecuted in a conventional court for murder.
According to the Press statement released by Bala Elkana,
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu, has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of Police officers suspected to be involved in the shooting of Ada Ifeanyi, 20, of No. 4B, Amusa Lane, Off Ojo Road Ajegunle; and Emmanuel Akomafuwa, 32, of No. 52, Babatunde Street, Olodi Apapa, at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa.
“The incident happened on Saturday, April 13, 2019 around 7am.
“The victims were rushed to the hospital and Ada Ifeanyi was confirmed dead, while Emmanuel Akomafuwa is currently on admission, receiving treatment from the injury he sustained as a result of the shooting.
“Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting are from Trinity Police Station and are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja.
“Their rifles have been retrieved for forensic analysis by ballisticians. If found wanting, they will be prosecuted in conventional court for murder.
“The policemen arrested are: Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeant Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergeant Kashim Tijani, Sergeant Lucky Akigbe and Sergeant Paul Adeoye; while Inspector Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting incident, has been declared wanted by the Command.
“Lagos State Police Command condemned in total these senseless killings of unarmed civilians by a few ‘bad eggs ‘ in the Command, who are bent on denting the image and reputation of the nation’s Police Force.
“The Command will not relent in its efforts in ridding the Force of these criminal elements.
“Those involved in extra-judicial killings and abuse of power are promptly identified, isolated, tried through internal disciplinary proceedings, dismissed from service and prosecuted in conventional Courts.
“Within the last one month, Lagos State Police Command has dismissed four policemen for abuse of power and awarded various degrees of punishments to 41 others.
“The four dismissed policemen were charged to court and remanded in prison custody.
“Our collective resolve in building a more humane, professional, dedicated, courageous and people-oriented Police Force is a task that must be done and together, we can make it a reality.
“The Commissioner of Police extends the Command’s deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ada Ifeanyi, and promised to foot the medical bills of Emmanuel Akomafuwa.
“The CP calls for calm, as the Command will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice prevails.”