An angry mob killed a police officer on Friday, August 9, in Agbole area of Ijegun in Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
This said officer, who has been identified as Damilare Olarenwaju, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was pummeled to death after his stray bullet resulted in the death of a pregnant woman.
Olarenwaju had allegedly killed the woman, identified as Biliki, when he recklessly opened fire while chasing a boy labeled a Yahoo boy in the streets.
Biliki, who was a tailor, was rushed to the hospital but died shortly after and that sparked outrage in the neighborhood, leading to the death of one of the policemen, while two others sustained injuries and ran to the palace of the Ijegun monarch at Ologun for safety.
“How can policemen fire a shot at a roundabout, on a Saturday close to the festive period in Ijegun?" a resident asked while speaking to the ‘Nation’ newspaper.
“The road in front of the king’s palace is impassable at the moment. Vehicular movements have been diverted into a nearby street to access Ijegun bus stop.
“The information I gathered is that the policemen from Area M fired gunshots while chasing a suspected criminal and the bullet killed a woman. Youths in the area killed him and injured his colleagues. One of them managed to crawl to the Oba’s palace."
DSP Bala Elkana, the Lagos State Police spokesperson, confirmed the death of the policeman while disclosing that security operatives were in the area to restore peace and order.
“I cannot tell you what really happened at the moment but it is true that we lost an ASP and two order ranks were injured. They are of the Anti-kidnapping unit attached to Area M.
“Reinforcement has been deployed to the area for the restoration of peace. Let us first calm the situation before we can talk of what happened.”