On Tuesday, August 6, the Lagos State Police Command had a share of chaos as one of its officers shot and killed a civilian in Ikotun, Lagos State. The deceased was later identified as Ahmed Segun. However, the policeman who shot Ahmed dead was said to have absconded and is still at Large.
Spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Zubairu Muazu, read an official statement to the press, narrating the incident whilst assuring the masses that actions are being taken to bring the policeman to justice.
The statement reads:
“The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of one Ahmed Segun.
“August 6, 2019, at about 9pm, the command received a distress call that some youths attacked a car stand in the Ikotun area of the state and were about to set the building ablaze.
“Police teams from Idimu and neighbouring stations were mobilised to the scene, while reinforcements were also sent from the Rapid Response Squad.
“A preliminary investigation showed that the youths were reacting to the death of one of their own known as Ahmed Segun, a 32-year-old male purported to have been shot by a policeman protecting the company.
“Eyewitnesses stated that there was an argument that ensued between the policeman and the deceased which led to a physical confrontation. This led to a fight and the eventual shooting of Segun.
“The whereabouts of the said policeman is unknown. It is not also certain whether he is dead or alive.
“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos has ordered an in-depth investigation into the case.”
Youths in the community are planning to mobilise themselves and protest against the killing of one of their own. According to a resident in the community, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives have been frequenting the area, harassing young boys. She further told our correspondent that this is not the first case of a police officer killing a civilian in the area this year.