by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Oshodi area of Lagos State has been rocked by protests embarked upon by angry youth after a policeman allegedly shot dead one of their own.
The protesters, from the Makinde area of Oshodi, yesterday showed their displeasure at the alleged killing of one Rafiu Adeniji, who was allegedly gunned down on Sunday by a policeman at Agege.
According to reports, the incident occurred after the bus conveying Adeniji to Oshodi from Agege collided with a police van. An argument ensued between the bus driver and the policemen and one of them reportedly shot into the bus, killing Adeniji.
An eyewitness, Johnpaul Igbele, told Vanguard that it was during the argument that the policeman fired into the vehicle and the bullet hit Adeniji. He said the policemen immediately fled the scene.
Igbele said: “We rushed him to a nearby hospital and the hospital demanded for police report. Before help could come he gave up the ghost.”
The eyewitness said when the news got to Makinde Oshodi, where Adeniji lived, the youths mobilised, stormed the Makinde Police Station, attempting to set it ablaze but were resisted by the police, who fired sporadically into the air.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Damasus Ozoani, said he was aware of the killing of a passenger at Agege, believed to have been shot dead by a policeman in a patrol van.
Ozoani said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, has ordered full investigation into the shooting.
“The patrol team within that area has been arrested and taken for ballistic investigation.
“Shortly after the incident, hoodlums decided to take laws into their hand as they were armed with dangerous weapons and fuel. They attacked Makinde Police Station.
“The police were able to calm the situation and appealed to all those that felt aggrieved to toe the part of peace as the command is doing everything possible to make sure that justice was done. No arrest has been made.”