NEWS Cop held over mur­der

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

The po­lice­man who al­legedly shot dead the mother of Nige­rian teenage ten­nis star, An­gel Macleod, at a ho­tel in Lagos on Tues­day, has been ar­rested.

The po­lice­man, who was re­port­edly one of the se­cu­rity men on guard at the ho­tel where the de­ceased and her daugh­ter lodged, was ar­rested at the ho­tel premises on the or­ders of the Lagos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Fatai Owoseni.

The al­leged killer-cop is presently be­ing de­tained at the Homi­cide sec­tion of the State Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment (SCID), Panti Street, Yaba.

The Lagos State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), Joe Of­for, who con­firmed the ar­rest, said the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Solomon Arase was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the mat­ter as it was an al­leged case of ex­tra-ju­di­cial killing which the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy had been preach­ing against.

Of­for, a Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (DSP), said the IGP has or­dered de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing.

“The po­lice­man was at­tached to Mounted Troop and not in the Mobile as al­leged. He has been ar­rested on the or­ders of the IGP, who also di­rected a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case.

The com­mand has zero tol­er­ance for ex­tra-ju­di­cial killing in­volv­ing any of its po­lice­men. A trial has be­gun and if found guilty, he would be dis­missed and tried in a court of law,” Of­for said.

He fur­ther stated that the po­lice­man was not sup­posed to be on guard duty at the time of the in­ci­dent.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion would re­veal what re­ally tran­spired and if the po­lice­man was ac­tu­ally on guard duty,” he said.

It was gath­ered that the po­lice­man had en­gaged the de­ceased in an al­ter­ca­tion at the premises of the ho­tel, be­fore shoot­ing her.

An­gel, 14, who was vis­i­bly shocked by the shoot­ing of her mother, has re­port­edly been moved from the ho­tel to a rel­a­tive’s house, also in Lagos.

She is the lead­ing Nige­rian ju­nior ten­nis player in her cat­e­gory, win­ning all tro­phies that had been up for grabs in the coun­try in the past few years.

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