How Soldiers Allegedly Killed Police In Ojo

INSIDEMAINLAND– A Lagos State Police inspector, Orukpe Monday, has died as a result of the alleged torture he endured at the hands of soldiers who attacked him and his coworkers in the Trade Fair, Ojo, Lagos Mainland.

According to reports, the troops were traveling by bus to the Ojo Military Cantonment to attend a training session when their vehicle met light traffic around the Trade Fair sector of the Lagos Badagry Expressway.

Several of the troops descended from the car to confront the policeman after realizing that the delay was being created by them clearing the way for a truck driver to merge onto the road.

The troops detained two officers and the scenario resulted in an argument that turned into a brawl when one of the soldiers allegedly smacked one of the policemen. The other three policeman, though, escaped to safety.

“About 30 soldiers were traveling to Ojo Military Cantonment for training. In a green army coaster bus, they were being transported, but as they got closer to the Trade Fair area, they ran into traffic.

“About five policemen were around the axis standing by the roadside when one truck attempted to enter the Lagos Badagry Expressway. So, the policemen had to stop vehicles on the expressway for the truck to navigate safely into the expressway.
 
“During that period, it slowed down vehicular movement; the first three vehicles were driven by civilians but the fourth was the bus conveying the 30 soldiers. When the soldiers realised that it was policemen that stopped the vehicles ahead of them, some of the soldiers got down and started challenging the policemen.
 
“During the argument, one of the soldiers slapped a policeman, and the incident led to a fight. So, the soldiers, because of their numbers, overpowered the policemen. The soldiers attempted collecting the gun held by one of the policemen, but while preventing them, the soldiers removed the magazine.
 
“The soldiers beat and took two of the policemen to their barracks. They wanted to take the third policeman away but he shot in the air and escaped. The other inspector was also able to escape but the senior policeman was beaten severely, and they took his gun.”

The soldiers allegedly tortured the two policemen they took to their barracks, adding that one of them died because of the injuries he sustained during the torture.

“By the time the police got to the barracks to ask for the two policemen, they met one of the policeman unconscious while the body of the other policeman had been bandaged due to the torture from the soldiers.
 
“The injured policemen were seen at the military hospital in the barracks, and the soldiers refused to release the policemen to the senior policemen who came to ask after their colleagues. The soldiers said the policemen are not strong enough to leave the hospital and also refused to release the guns in their possession,” the source said.
 
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said, “There was an issue between soldiers and police on Wednesday, and the command is working closely with the army high command to resolve the issues. But one of the policemen involved in the incident is dead.”
 
In a statement on Friday, the spokesperson, 81 Division Nigeria Army, Major Olaniyi Osoba, said the army was already in touch with the state police command to resolve the matter.

“This incident is highly regrettable given the Division’s disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct.

“Accordingly, the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident. At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions.

“Consequently, the Division wishes to commiserate with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the victim,” he said.

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