By EVELYN USMAN, MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO & RUTH CHUKWUEMEKA
IKEJA—Three of the policemen who participated in the demolition of shanties in Makoko, in Yaba,s Lagos, on the day one of the community’s chiefs was killed, were on illegal duties.
Although, the Lagos police command spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said she could not ascertain the figure, confirmed that the Police Corporal, Pepple Bomam, who allegedly shot the chief, Timothy Hunpoyanwa, was discovered to be on illegal duty.
His mission at the demolition scene, as gathered, was unknown to the Marine Police and Lagos State Police Command which oversees activities of Marine Police.
The command boss, Mr. Umar Manko, said this, yesterday, during a condolence visit to Makoko Community.
The visibly angry CP, who appealed for calm, explained that the procedure for the policemen to accompany taskforce officials was not met.
He said there ought to have been a written application to the command requesting for the services of the policemen, after which the command would detail the Marine Police to deploy some of its men.
He, therefore, assured that the command would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that justice was done, informing that the corporal who allegedly fired the shot that snuffed life out of one of their own, was already in detention, stressing that the command would not condone any act of indiscriminate killing from its men.
“We condone with you concerning the death of the chief. We will ensure that justice takes place. The Nigerian Police is undergoing transformation. The era where people shoot anyhow has ended. Therefore, anybody who does such will face the consequences.”
Responding, one of the traditional chiefs, Balee Jeje Ayinde, lamented what he described as untold pains fishermen in the area faced in the hands of policemen, appealing to the CP to ensure that such stopped.
He also appealed to the CP to plead with the Lagos State Government on their behalf, to allow them remain in Makoko, adding that they had no other place to go to.
President of the Fishermen Association, Mr. Emmanuel Agbe, described the area as their ancestral home, adding, “our forefathers came here in 1890 about 120 years ago. This is the only place we have come to recognise as home. Please, beg Fashola to leave us alone.”