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Policeman’s murder: Suspect arrested in Benue



Policeman’s murder: Suspect arrested in Benue

Detectives attached to Area G Police Command have arrested a suspect, Malik Onebiri, said to be the leader of youths who shot and killed a policeman at Ifako-Ijaye area of Lagos State.


On August 29, on College Road, Ifako-Ijaye, the policeman, Sergeant Collins Esiabo, who was in a patrol vehicle with his colleagues, was attacked and killed by an irate mob. The mob also vandalised the police patrol vehicle.


After the attack on the policeman, Onebiri, who allegedly shot Esiabor, escaped to Gboko in Benue State where he was later arrested by a decoy team deployed from Lagos State.


In a statement yesterday, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, disclosed the mob, comprising mainly of members of the notorious Eiye confraternity, attacked a police patrol team stationed at Haruna Bus Stop by College Road, Ifako-Ijaye, Ogba, vandalised the patrol car and killed Esiabor.


He said: “The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, vowed that the command would arrest those behind the dastardly act. While making the vow, he said that the leader of the group, Malik Onebiri alias Kobad Baron, who allegedly fired the shot that killed the officer, could only run but not hide.


“In keeping with the pledge, the operatives of the command attached to Area G Command, Ogba, swung into action and arrested the arrowhead of the group, Malik Onebiri, and 19 others who took part in the crime. But the suspect left Lagos immediately after the attack on the policeman.”


Oti, however, said through discreet investigation carried out on the matter, police detectives were able to arrest the suspect in his hideout in Gboko, Benue State.


It was revealed during investigation that the notorious cultists attacked the police team to avenge the death of one of their members, who died while fleeing when he sighted a contingent of policemen on operational duties around Ifako-Ijaye, Ogba.


The victim was said to have thought the police team came for his arrest in their base and took to his heels, but fatally injured himself in the process.


Edgal reiterated that the command would visit the full weight of the law on anybody or group that resorts to self-help or jungle justice in matters requiring the intervention of the law.

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