There were outcries on social media yesterday over the gruesome murder of a 20-year-old lady by policemen at Ajegunle in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos.
Ada Ifeanyi was reportedly shot dead at 4b, Amusa Lane, off Ojo Road, Ajegunle on Saturday morning while she was returning from a club with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Akomafuwa.
It was gathered that Ada, Emmanuel and one of her friends were accosted by the police personnel on their way back home.
The Punch reports that Emmanuel refused to stop his car, because those who asked them to stop were not in uniform and could not be identified as policemen.
It was gathered that Ada was shot twice in her stomach by the officers, while Emmanuel was shot in the back of his head.
While Ada died on the spot, Emmanuel is currently battling for his life in hospital.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested and detained five police officers involved in the act.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) gave the names of the arrested officers as Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeants Adeyeye Adeoye, Kashim Tijani, Lucky Akigbe and Paul Adeoye.
According to him, Inspector Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting, is declared wanted by the command.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Zubairu Muazu, he said, called for calm, as the command will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice prevails.
He added that the CP expressed the command’s deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ada Ifeanyi and promised to foot the bills of Emmanuel Akomafuwa.
Elkana said: “The victims were taken to a hospital and Ada was confirmed dead. Emmanuel is on admission receiving treatment for the injury he sustained.
“Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting are from Trinity Police Station and are facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja.
“Their rifles have been retrieved for forensic analysis by ballisticians. If found wanting, they will be prosecuted at a conventional court for murder.
“Lagos State Police Command condemned in total, these senseless killings of unarmed civilians by few ‘bad eggs’ in the command, who are bent on denting the image of the police.
“The command will not relent in its efforts to rid the force of these criminals. Those involved in extrajudicial killings and abuse of power are promptly identified, isolated, tried through internal disciplinary proceedings, dismissed from service and prosecuted in conventional courts.”