The Police authorities in Ondo State have suspended two of its officers, Inspectors Oladipupo Fabunmi and Haruna idris, alleged to have assaulted a middle-aged woman, Aderonke Adenigba, which led to her death.
Addressing reporters at the Command Headquarters in Akure on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Isaac Eke, stated that on the fateful day, 10 policemen were said to have stormed an uncompleted building opposite late Adenigba’s house on a tip-off that some miscreants were hiding there.
Mr Eke claimed that two of the miscreants escaped into the late woman’s house when the two officers were after them.
It was recorded that there was an argument between the woman and the Policemen when the woman fell down.
After the policemen had left the scene, the late woman became ill and died before she could be rushed to the hospital.
However, when Channels Television visited the house, two of the children of the deceased, Daniel Bello and Obiosa Tosan alleged that one of the policemen hit the woman on the chest with his gun after which she started foaming from her mouth and nostrils. They also claimed that their mother died before she could get medical treatment.
Meanwhile, investigation is in progress to discover the circumstances surrounding late Aderonke Adenigba’s death. Her remains have been deposited at the mortuary of the State Specialist Hospital Akure.
The Police in Lagos State were not left out in the New Year celebration in Nigeria, but they chose to do this with special feeding for all robbery suspects.
Speaking with journalists at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Police Commissioner, Umar Manko explained the rationale behind the gesture was established last year.
“I just felt that it’s a New Year, and whatever the situation is, even though some of them killed our colleagues, we should celebrate in the spirit of New Year together.”
He went on to clarify that the gesture does not imply a drop in the firmness with which the Police carried out its duties.
“Crime is a crime whichever way you go into it and it is bad enough.”
“You could see some of them crying, I think it is a message that has gone down to many of them here that crime is not good. I can identify some of them that were brought here deadly but now sober.
“We will do this but it doesn’t mean the law will not take its course.
Promising that the services of the Police would be more accessible in the New Year, he said: “You should expect more quality service delivery from the Police. Whatever we achieved last year, we hope to improve on that and people who have businesses to do here should not have any fear to come and do their businesses.
“For criminals, the message is that they should not try anything funny here because strategies are on ground to ensure that Lagos remains the safest place in the country.”