By Lolo Ayaba
Barely two weeks after Kolade Johnson was reportedly murdered by inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan at Onipetesi, Mangoro area of Lagos, another trigger happy policeman have shot dead a young lady, Adaobi Ojide and her boyfriend Emmanuel Akomafuwa.
It was gathered that Adaobi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa were coming back from a nightclub on Saturday, 13th April, 2019 at about 7.00am when they were flagged down by policemen attached to Trinity division at Wilmet area of Ajegunle.
However trouble started when Emmanuel Akomafuwa who drove the vehicle didn’t immediately stop, necessitating the police officers to give them a hot chase.
Eventually when the officers caught up with the vehicle they shot at the young man on the head.
On seeing that her boyfriend Emmanuel Akomafuwa had been shot at, Adaobi raised her voice against the police men who promptly shot at her also.
Unfortunately, Adaobi died instantly on the spot while the boyfriend is alive.
According to a relative of Adaobi the divisional police officer Trinity division and the Commissioner of Police visited Adaobi father to commensurate with the bereaved family.
Sequel to the incident, the Lagos state police command has arrested five police officers involved in the shooting of Adaobi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa.
The five 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.
The arrested officer are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the Command Headquarters Ikeja.
Confirming their arrest DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State said the Commissioner of police has vowed that the perpetrators must be punished.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of police officers suspected to be involved in the shooting of Adaobi of No 4b Amusa Lane off Ojo road Ajegunle and Emmanuel Akomafuwa old of No. 52 Babatunde Street Olodi Apapa, at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa on 13th April, 2019.
The victims were rushed to hospital and Adaobi 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 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 Lagos State Police Command condemned in total these senseless killings of unarmed civilians by few ‘bad eggs ‘ in the Command, who are bend towards denting the image and reputation of the Nation’s Police Force. The Command will not relent in its efforts in ridding the force off 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 conducts unbecoming of Police Officers and awarded various degree 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 Adaobi Ifeanyi and promised to foot the medical bills of Emmanuel Akomafuwa. The CP calls for calm as the Command will leave no stone untouched in ensuring that Justice prevails.”