DPO under investigation for alleged shooting of Sergeant
A police Inspector, Charles Okoro has been arrested for killing a Moslem cleric, Fatai Oladipupo around Igando Road, Ikotun Lagos.
His arrest was confirmed by the Lagos State Police spokesman, Bala Elkana.
According to Elkana, Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arrested Inspector Okoro Charles attached to Ikotun Division. The Inspector was arrested in connection with a shooting incident reported on that same day around 10. 05pm, along Obabiyi, Igando Road, Ikotun, which led to the death of one Fatai Oladipupo, 28 years old.
“The Inspector is subjected to internal disciplinary procedures, known as Orderly Room Trial at the State Provost Department and if found guilty, he would be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in conventional Court. “Investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. The Commissioner of Police condoles with the family and friends of the deceased and calls for calm. He assures them that Justice would prevail. Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation”, bala said.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has commiserated with family of Late Sergeant Onalaja Onajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, Ajangbadi.
He has also assured them that Justice would be served on the matter.
According to Bala, “The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the transfer of the case involving the shooting and killing of Sergeant Onalaja Onajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for discreet investigation.
“This decision followed the reports received by the Command alleging the Divisional Police Officer Ilemba Hausa, CSP Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, of shooting the Sergeant while dispersing crowds that gathered in front of the Station.
“The DPO has been arrested and detained at the Sate CID for investigation. His rifle is retrieved for forensic examination. The Command has ordered that autopsy be carried out on the deceased person. The Commissioner of Police expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen colleague and assured them that the Command will stand with them in this moment of grief and ensure that justice prevails.
“The shooting incident happened on May 10, 2020 around 9.40pm. The report forwarded to the Headquarters by the DPO on May 16, 2020 at around 4.pm, stated that unknown gunmen fired gunshots at the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa and the Station Guard, Sergeant Onalaja Onajide. That while the DPO survived the gunshot, the Station Guard did not. The DPO further reported that two suspects were arrested in connection with the crime. The two suspects initially arrested are suspected to be deserted soldiers. The Command will hand them over to the military authority for further investigation”.