Police investigate violence that followed death of three Lagos residents

Channels Television  
Updated March 29, 2012

Police officials in Lagos arrested two people in connection to the violent protests that followed the death of three Ajegunle residents who were killed in a tragic well incident.

Spokesman of the police command, Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the arrests to news agencies, told reporters that the investigation into the tragic demise of Malam Ishiu, Momoh Jare and Abdulmalik Zuberu is ongoing.

Their deaths had been reported at the Tolu Road Divisional Police Station, Ajegunle, late morning on March 14.

The spokesman said the well served tenants of the house at No. 69, Fasasi St., Olodi-Apapa, including the three victims.

There was no foul play involved in their deaths. According toe the police report, two persons had initially fallen into the well while fetching water and had drown. The third fell in while attempting to rescue his neighbours.

“Some of the youths in the area began a violent protest and started stoning the police and the fire servicemen that went there and burnt two vehicles. Two of the protesters have been arrested,” Jaiyeoba said.

He added that the remains of the deceased have been extracted from the well and transported to the morgue at Isolo General Hospital.

Peace returned to the area shortly after during the burial for the three men, when police officials had a dialogue with members of the Hausa community in the area.