Army reacts over alleged killing of soldier by policeman in Lagos

Army reacts over alleged killing of soldier by policeman in Lagos

Promise Eze

The Nigerian Army on Thursday reacted to the alleged killing of a soldier by a policeman in Lagos State.

This is contained in a statement signed by the 81 Division Nigerian Army, Deputy Director of Public Relations, Lt.-Col. Olabisi Ayeni.

Ayeni said the victim (soldier) allegedly confronted the suspect (policeman), who was not properly dressed and was standing very close to a patrol vehicle of Operation MESA to confirm his identity.

This led to an argument and, subsequently, the unfortunate incident.

“The soldier was immediately rushed to the Lagos State Polytechnic Hospital, Odogunyan, for medical attention, but he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

“The remains of the soldier have been moved to 174 Battalion Medical Centre in Ikorodu,” the army spokesperson said.

The army added that the suspect was arrested, kept in military custody for his safety, and later handed over to the Nigeria police force for prosecution.

“However, the angry mob who witnessed the unfortunate incident took advantage of this and attacked the police station in the community. Troops have been deployed around the vicinity of all police stations in the Ikorodu area to prevent the breakdown of law and order,” the army statement noted. “The situation is under control as normalcy has returned to the community.”


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