The Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest and detention of an Inspector of Police in the Ajah Division over the killing of a man identified as Gafaru Buraimoh residing in Happy Land Estate, Ajah.
In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin revealed that a “full-scale investigation” had commenced into the incident which he said occurred around 11.30 pm on Tuesday.
According to Hundeyin, the officer behind the shooting was “immediately disarmed and has been detained.”
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While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the PPRO assured the public that the investigation into the immediate and remote circumstances leading to the shooting would be brought to a “speedy and conclusive end.”
According to eyewitness accounts, the incident occurred on Wednesday morning in front of Ajiwe police station, Ajah.
It was gathered that when a crowd gathered to question the police officers, taking pictures and making videos, the officers called for backup who shot tear gas canisters at panicked civilians.
Videos shared on social media show pedestrians scampering for safety along a busy expressway.
Read the full statement by the police below:
POLICE ARREST, DETAIN OFFICER BEHIND SHOOTING INCIDENT
At About 2330hrs of Tuesday, December 06 2022, a shooting incident involving men of Ajah Division, resulted in the unfortunate death of Gafaru Buraimoh of Happy Land Estate, Ajah.
The officer behind the shooting, an Inspector of Police, was immediately disarmed and has been detained, as full-scale investigation has commenced.
The Lagos State Police Command through the Area Commander, Elemoro and Divisional Police Officer, Ajah has since notified and established contact with the family.
The Command, while commiserating with the family of the deceased over the avoidable and most unfortunate incident, gives assurances that the already commenced investigation into the immediate and remote circumstances leading to the shooting will be brought to a speedy and conclusive end, while equally ensuring that justice is served.
SP BENJAMIN HUNDEYIN, anipr, mipra
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND
DECEMBER 07, 2022.