- CP orders probe into sergeant’s murder
A police inspector attached to Lagos State Command has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a 28-year-old Islamic cleric, Fatai Oladipupo, at the Ikotun area.
The officer, identified as Inspector Okoro Charles, was arrested in connection with a shooting incident reported on May 20, along Obabiyi, Igando Road, Ikotun, which led to the death of Oladipupo.
This was as the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has stepped into the killing of a police sergeant by fake soldiers.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement yesterday that the inspector would be subjected to internal disciplinary procedures, known as Orderly Room Trial, at the State Provost Department.
He said if found guilty, Charles would be handed over to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, for prosecution in the conventional court.
Elkana said an investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.
According to him, Odomosu condoles with the family and friends of the deceased and calls for calm.
“He (Odumosu), however, assures them that justice will prevail and members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” the PPRO added.
Meanwhile, Odomosu has ordered the transfer of the case involving the shooting and killing of Sergeant Onalaja Olajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division to the SCIID for further investigation.
Two fake soldiers were earlier arrested and accused of shooting the sergeant and the Divisional Police Officer when the hoodlums went to the station to retrieve their seized motorcycle for violating the lockdown in the state.
When the DPO refused to release the motorcycle, the fake soldiers shot into the station which led to the death of the sergeant while the DPO sustained injuries.
However, in a twist, Olajide’s family members alleged that it was the DPO who killed the sergeant and demanded justice.
The PPRO, Elkana, also confirmed the development.
He said: “This decision followed the reports received by the Command alleging the Divisional Police Officer Ilemba Hausa, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, of shooting the sergeant while dispersing a crowd in front of the station.
“The DPO was later arrested and detained at the SCIID for further investigation, while his rifle was retrieved for forensic examination.
“The command has ordered that autopsy be carried out on the deceased person. While the CP expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen colleague and assured them that the command would stand with them in this moment of grief and ensure that justice prevails.”