22nd July, 2012
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a police corporal, Pepple Boma, who shot a man to death while on duty at Makoko waterfront on Saturday.
The spokesperson for the command, Ms Ngozi Braide said the corporal, attached to the Marine Police, Oworonsoki Division in Lagos, was being detained at the state Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.
Braide said that the suspect shot the deceased on the stomach on 21 July at mid day, while on a special duty with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
LAWMA officials, escorted by armed policemen, were continuing the demolition of shanties built on stilts at the waterfront, which the state considered unsafe and a nuisance to the environment.
“The corporal allegedly shot a man in the stomach. The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada where he was confirmed dead.
“The corpse has been deposited at the General Hospital, Ikeja for postmortem,’’ she said.
The spokesperson appealed to members of the public to remain peaceful, and gave the assurance that justice would be done.