12th September, 2021
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested and detained a cop who shot an 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade dead at Ijeshatedo area of the state.
A statement issued by the command’spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu on Suday said Ojuade was hit by a stray bullet at about 1.00am on Saturday when a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti went on investigation activities to effect arrest of a robbery suspect in Ijeshatedo area of the State.
He said concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim as she was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shares in this moment of grief.
“This is therefore to inform the bereaved family, sympathizers and the general public that the erring Police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed that the said police officer should be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force. This, it is believed, will serve as deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties,” he said.
Ajisebutu added that this singular sad incident notwithstanding, the Lagos State Police Command shall continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives and property of the citizens in the State.