By Albert Akpor & Ifeanyi Okolie
…DPO, DCO, Others killed with police bullets
The ugly incident in Badagry between the police and some soldiers attached to 242 Recce Battalion, Ibereko barracks on May 24, 2011 which led to the killing of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Samuel Saliu, his Divisional Crime Officer, (DCO), Samson Kudesi and several others was pre-meditated, afterall.
Investigations have proved that after the shooting to death of a yet- to- be identified soldier at a checkpoint by a policeman attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), on Sunday May 22, 2011, there was a peaceful protest on Monday, May 23, 2011 by army officer’s wives on the alleged unbecoming attitude of policemen at various checkpoints and the need to bring killers of one of their husbands to justice.
It was gathered that the Commanding Officer, Colonel Nabasa who was said to be on hand to receive the angry women after a brief exhortation on the need to be calm especially, when the erring policemen had been arrested and detained, made sure the women were dispersed with a firm promise to bring the Divisional Police Officer of Badagry the following day, being Tuesday to address the women.
And so, at about 9.15am the DPO and his men set off to the barracks on the strength of the commander’s invitation. While at the barracks, some armed soldiers were said to have invaded the premises of a second generation bank, attacked and disarmed the Mobile policemen on guard duty in the bank. One of them was shot dead while the other escaped and ran to the station where he laid complaint on the evolving scenario.
Having succeeded in addressing the army officers’ wives, the DPO and his entourage were ambushed by the some soldiers and shot dead; using the same guns and magazines earlier snatched from the mobile policemen. After killing the officers in the presence of some senior soldiers, they allegedly stripped the police officers of their uniforms and guns, including service pistols.
A source which spoke to Crime Guard on condition of anonymity was quoted as saying that while the army officers wives chanted anti-police and war songs during the protest, some soldiers reportedly threatened to “teach the police a lesson this time around. They have been disturbing and obstructing our movement in and out of Seme border and now that they have killed one of us, we must retaliate so that their excesses will be checked”, they were quoted as saying.