Outrage in Lagos as drunk police corporal kills union chairman

by Stanley Azuakola

Dele Oroja, the chairman of Meiran/Ilepo branch of Three Wheelers Association of Nigeria is dead. His end came through the bullets of a police corporal, Abbey Adekunle on Thursday night. After killing Oroja, Corporal Adekunle fled the scene.

It was only the intervention of the Lagos State Police commissioner, Umar Manko, that averted what would surely have been violence and bloodshed, as tricycle operators popularly called ‘Keke Marwa’, and street urchins yesterday stormed the Meiran police station in the outskirts of Lagos.

The angry mob, incensed at the killing of their leader, threatened to burn down the station if the policemen did not hand over Adekunle to them.They pulled down the gate of the station, set up a bonfire, and were on their way to fulfilling their threats when reinforcement from the state command headquarters, led by the commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Manko, arrived the scene and succeeded in dispelling them.

Over 50 operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RSS) accompanied the police commissioner to the scene of the unrest. Manko condemned the act of the policeman and urged the protesters to leave the station and allow the law to take its course.

The police boss claimed that Adekunle was drunk at the time he attacked. He said the corporal has been arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, YAba, where he is being interrogated. Manko promised to hand Adekunle over to a  civil court for trial after interrogations.

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