The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the arrest and detention of Police officers reportedly involved in the shooting incident that occurred at Crest Inn Club at No. 28/30 Balogun Street, Oshodi, Lagos, which led to death of a 27-year old customer, Maliki Mohammed.
Crime Focus reports that the Police officers involved were Inspector Orubu Olusola, Inspector Apalowo Ola, Inspector Kasai Sule, Sergeant Momoh Ogwuche and Sergeant Adoga Collins attached to Akinpelu Division. They are under the supervision of DSP Oloko Wale, who is the Divisional Crime Officer and ASP Adamu Babajo, the Divisional Operations Officer.
The incident happened on 29th November, 2019, at about 8.30pm, which led to the death of one Maliki Mohammed ‘m’ 27, while two other persons sustained injuries.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana. He said that in their statement, the team said they were at the club in response to a complaint made by one Makinde Omowunmi Abibat ‘f’ of No. 9 Olaore Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi at Akinpelu Police Station that she was assaulted at the club. That while trying to effect an arrest, they were attacked by some hoodlums which necessitated their use of firearms.
DSP Elkana stated that their explanation, however, fell short of the provision of Force Order 237, which defined the circumstances in which a Police officer will be justified to use his firearms and the use of force.
He said that the Police officers involved are already facing internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room Trial at the Provost Department of the Command. If found guilty, they will be handed over to the conventional Court for prosecution.
DSP Elkana assured that the members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the Orderly Room trial. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) and the Divisional Operations Officer were issued official queries for lack of supervision.
Elkana confirmed that 11 suspects were however, arrested in connection with the attacked on the team and the Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation into the case.
The CP empathized with the families of the deceased person and the injured ones. He called on the good people of Lagos State to remain calm as justice will not only be done but will be seen to be done.