Police Inspector, DPO arrested for alleged murder

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The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested one Insp. Charles Okoro, attached to the Ikotun Division for allegedly shooting and killing one Fatai Oladipupo, 28, along Obabiyi Road at Igando in Ikotun, near Lagos.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP. Bala Elkana, on Thursday in Lagos.

Elkana said the inspector was arrested in connection with a deadly shooting incident reported on May 20.

“The inspector has been subjected to internal disciplinary procedure, known as Orderly Room Trial at the State Police Command’s Provost Department.

“If found guilty, he will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Yaba for prosecution in a conventional court.

“Investigation is going on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.”

Elkana said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, extended his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

“Odumosu assures that justice will prevail.

“Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” Elkana said.

In a related development, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ilemba Hausa Division, Ajamgbadi, Chief Superintendent Yahaya Adesina, has been arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, over alleged murder of a sergeant in his division.

Until his death two weeks ago, the deceased sergeant, Onalaja Onajide, was attached to Ilemba Hausa Division as a station guard.

The DPO had attributed his death to an attack by two dismissed soldiers, Kehinde Elijah and Eze Joseph, who had since been arrested.

The sergeant’s bereaved family had however alleged that their son died in the hands of the DPO, claiming they were told on good authority that the DPO shot him in cold blood.

Following the furore his death generated, CP Odumosu, Thursday, ordered that the case be transferred to SCID, Panti, for thorough investigation.

He also ordered the arrest and detention of the DPO whilst investigation was ongoing, including the retrieval of his rifle for forensic examination.

DSP Elkana, said: “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the transfer of the case involving the shooting and killing of Sergeant Onalaja Onajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for discreet investigation.

“This decision followed the reports received by the command alleging the Divisional Police Officer Ilemba Hausa, CSP Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, of shooting the sergeant while dispersing crowds that gathered in front of the station.

“The DPO has been arrested and detained at the State CID for investigation. His rifle has been retrieved for forensic examination.

“The commander has ordered that autopsy be carried out on the deceased person. The CP expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen colleague and assured them that the command will stand with them in this moment of grief and ensure that justice prevails.

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