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Viral Video: Police arrest officers who shot suspected robbers, to charge them with murder

The Lagos State Police has arrested four police officers who shot and killed two unarmed suspects in a video that went viral on the internet.

The policemen identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila were attached to the Iba Division Patrol team.

According to the Police Spokesperson, Bala Elkana, in a statement, the incident happened on Monday, 19 August, 2019, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine ‘m’ of no 250 Agege Motor Road Mushin, that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two  motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone  max valued at N450, 000.  

Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene. Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped.

Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered. The gang is said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs.

“It was a well-celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested. The team, however, went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.

“That act of extrajudicial killings falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command,” he said

He added that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.

“The Police Officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba for prosecution in the conventional Court,” he concluded.

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