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Protest as Police stray bullet kills Okada rider in Idi-Araba

By Evelyn Usman & Austin Anozie

LAGOS – Idi-araba area of Lagos was yesterday thrown into  pandemonium,  following  a violent protest over the alleged killing of a commercial motorcycle by a policeman attached to one of the second generation banks in the area.

Eye witnesses said the policeman, a Corporal with an undisclosed identity, shot into the air following an uproar around the bank’s vicinity, apparently to alert the intruders of police presence. Time was 11a.m

But in an attempt to put down his riffle, eye witnesses said, there was an accidental discharged, during which  the commercial motorcyclist, who at that time was taking his breakfast at a food vendor adjacent to the bank, was hit by the stray bullet

The motorcyclist identified as Ndauman Usman reportedly died on the spot even before he could be rushed to nearby Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

An angry mob was said to have descended on the policeman, beating him to a pulp.The mob was reportedly at the verge of setting the policeman ablaze when a detachment of conventional and mobile policemen arrived to save the situation.

When Vanguard arrived the scene, there was a heavy presence of military men, Rapid Response Squad, MOPOL 20 and conventional policemen around the bank’s premises.

Shattered glasses littered the bank’s premises, while the deceased’s colleagues were sighted in different groups away from the scene, discussing the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile, the remains of Udauman Usman, as gathered from one of his widows, Mrs Amina Usman, had been buried according to Muslim rites.

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, expressed the command’s displeasure over what he described as an unfortunate incident.

The Command’s boss, Mr Marvel Akpoyibo, he said, was in particular not happy with the incident.

To this end, Mba said Mr. Akpoyibo had ordered that the policeman, who is still receiving treatment over the injury he sustained, be handcuffed in the hospital pending when he would recover fully.

He said, thereafter, the policeman would be arraigned for murder, stating that the command was determined to ensure policemen do not use their arms illegally.


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