Lagos Police Arrest Four Officers For Murder
The Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, arrested four officers — Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila — over extrajudicial killing.
This was disclosed in an official in a statement released on Wednesday by Lagos police spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bala Elkana.
The affected officers reportedly killed two suspected robbers in their custody, which, according to Police code of professional conduct and use of fire arms, constitutes a breach.
Elkana said they went to the extreme and violated the rules on the treatment of suspects in custody.
The trigger-happy officers were seen in a video on social media shooting the suspects that allegedly are part of a notorious armed robbery gang terrorising Iba axis.
DSP Elkana said:
“The team went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.
“That act of extrajudicial killing falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the command.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
“The police officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for prosecution in the conventional court.
“The public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial,” said Elkana.
It was gathered that the cops had responded to a distress call around 3pm on August 19, from one Valentine Anugu who was robbed of his mobile phone worth N450,000 by four armed robbers on two motorcycles.
While two of the suspected armed robbers fled, the others were held, disarmed of the two locally-made pistol, six live and five expended cartridges they had before shooting them inside the commercial bus they (police) used for the operation.