La­gos DCO beaten to a pulp for shoot­ing bus pas­sen­ger

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THERE was con­fu­sion in the Alapere area of Ketu on Sun­day af­ter the Di­vi­sional Crime Of­fi­cer of Sagamu Road Po­lice Divi­sion, Iko­rodu, SP Opa­woye Ade­tunji, al­legedly shot a bus pas­sen­ger.

Ade­tunji was said to have been at­tacked by a mob, who beat him to a pulp.

The po­lice of­fi­cer was re­port­edly rushed to a hos­pi­tal af­ter he passed out.

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that the po­lice of­fi­cer and a com­mer­cial bus driver had had an ar­gu­ment at Iyana Ileiwe bus stop af­ter the driver re­port­edly drove reck­lessly.

Af­ter a fight, the man had en­tered his bus and was driv­ing away when Ade­tunji al­legedly opened fire on the ve­hi­cle, which hit the yet-to- be-iden­ti­fied pas­sen­ger.

A res­i­dent, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 3pm, adding that the po­lice of­fi­cer was in mufti.

He said, “The po­lice of­fi­cer stopped a Volk­swa­gen Vanagon. The bus had some pas­sen­gers. I, how­ever, don’t know why the se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer stopped the com­mer­cial bus. he an­grily shot at the bus when the driver ig­nored him. Some­body in the ve­hi­cle was hit.”

A po­lice source, how­ever, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the driver had al­most hit Ade­tunji when the lat­ter chal­lenged him.

He said, “The po­lice of­fi­cer, who was alone, was driv­ing on the road when his ve­hi­cle had a fault. he parked the car by the road­side to look for a me­chanic to re­pair it.

“As he at­tempted to cross to the other side of the road, a reck­less com­mer­cial bus driver al­most hit him. he stopped the bus and en­gaged the driver in an ar­gu­ment. he chal­lenged the driver for be­ing reck­less and the man abused him for not look­ing well be­fore cross­ing.

“The ar­gu­ment de­gen­er­ated into a fight as the driver picked a bot­tle. As he tried to smash it on the of­fi­cer, the DCO used his hand to block it and got in­jured. The driver en­tered the bus and drove off.

“The po­lice­man, out of anger, brought out his pis­tol and aimed at the tyre to force the bus to stop so that he could deal with the driver. The bul­let, how­ever, ric­o­cheted and hit a pas­sen­ger on the bus.”

PUNCH Metro gath­ered that there was chaos as res­i­dents took the vic­tim to a hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion was said to be crit­i­cal.

The po­lice of­fi­cer, who at­tempted to flee, was re­port­edly caught around Ade­doyin Street, in the Kosofe area, where a mob beat him to a pulp.

Ade­tunji, who sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries, re­port­edly passed out be­fore he was res­cued by po­lice­men from

the Ketu divi­sion, who took him to an undis­closed hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, SP Chike Oti, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing.

Oti, who re­leased a state­ment on the in­ci­dent on Mon­day, said the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ed­gal Imo­himi, had or­dered that the of­fi­cer be queried af­ter com­ing round for mis­use of his firearm.

He said, “The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, La­gos State, CP Ed­gal Imo­himi, deeply re­grets the un­war­ranted use of a firearm by a Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice at­tached to the Sagamu Road Po­lice Sta­tion as the Di­vi­sional Crime Of­fi­cer, SP Opa­woye Ade­tunji.

“The CP has di­rected that the of­fi­cer be is­sued a com­pre­hen­sive query for shoot­ing a civil­ian on Sun­day, April 15, 2018, for a yet-to-be de­ter­mined rea­son. The of­fi­cer, who is cur­rently re­cu­per­at­ing in an undis­closed hos­pi­tal along­side the vic­tim, has not been able to make his state­ment be­cause he is still un­con­scious as a re­sult of the beat­ing he re­ceived and in­juries he sus­tained when the mob at­tacked him at the scene of the in­ci­dent.

“The CP fur­ther di­rects that as soon he re­gains con­scious­ness, he should be served the query. The com­mand has never and will never tol­er­ate the use of firearms out­side the pro­vi­sions of Force Or­der 237.”

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• CP Imo­himi; SP Ade­tunji

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