The Lagos State Police Command have arrested the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ilemba Hausa Division, Yahaya Adesina, for allegedly shooting one of the police personnel attached to the station, Sergeant Onajide Onalaja, while dispersing a crowd in the Ilemba Hausa area of the state.
This is just as the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a probe of the allegation by Onalaja’s family that Adesina shot dead the DPO and attempted to conceal the crime by getting other people arrested.
Initially, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said two fake/deserter soldiers, Kehinde Elijah, 45, and Ezeh Joseph, were arrested in connection with Onalaja’s killing, adding that investigation was ongoing.
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However, in a follow-up reaction on Tuesday, Elkana said Odumosu had ordered the Officer-in-Charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Yetunde Longe, to take over the case and conduct a neutral investigation to unravel the true circumstances surrounding Onalaja’s death.
The deceased’s wife, Folasade, had urged the police authorities to relieve the DPO of his duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
In a statement on Thursday, Elkana said Adesina had been arrested and was being detained at the SCIID following reports that he shot the sergeant while dispersing the crowd that gathered in front of the station.
He also stated that Adesina’s rifle had been retrieved, adding that the command had ordered an autopsy to be carried out on Onalaja’s corpse.