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Two Police officers under detention over girl’s death in Lagos

By Monsuru Olowoopejo
An Assistant Superintendent of Police, Theophilus Otobo and another Inspector, Oguntoba Olamigoke, have been placed under detention over their alleged involvement in the death of a 17years old girl, Tina Ezekwe, in Bariga axis of Lagos State
The two police officers, who were attached to Bariga Police Station, were said to have fired the stray bullet that killed Tina while manning their security post at the Berger Iyana-Oworo Bus stop end of third mainland bridge during an action that was yet to be determined by the Lagos Police command disciplinary officials.

Meanwhile, an unconfirmed account claimed that the policemen opened fire on a commercial bus that was said to have allegedly violating curfew and that the bullet mistakenly hit Tina.

Aside from Tina, another resident of the community, Musa Yakubu, 35years, was said to have been injured at the point after the law enforcement officers fired the shots last Tuesday, May 26th, at about 22:45 pm.
As gathered, Tina was rushed to hospital by a team of Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) after the bullets from the officers’ riffles pierced through the left upper side of her lap.
While medical officials could save Musa and ensured his stability, Tina was not that lucky and passed on two days after the incident at about 21:29 hours while on admission at one of the medical facilities in the state.
Confirming their detention, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Bala Elkana, in a statement on Friday, hinted that the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina and other activities surrounding the officers’ action at the spot.
Bala added that the police command was already in contact with the families of the victims hours after the tragedy occurred at the scene and has commiserated with assuring that the case would be investigated.
“The Command deeply sympathised with the family and friends of the deceased person. The Commissioner of Police calls for calm and assures the family that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will face the full weight of the law. He reiterated his stance on zero tolerance for impunity. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation”.

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