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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Ekiti: Policeman arrested after accidentally gunning down youths

Ekiti: Policeman arrested after accidentally gunning down yo

Following an unintentional discharge of stray shots from his gun that killed two youths in the state capital of Ado-Ekiti, a policeman in Ekiti State has been taken into custody at the state command.

Allnews.ng gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday night in the Omisanjana neighbourhood of Ado Ekiti, and caused chaos in the community.

The victims, who were among the area's youths, died tragically when police were seeking to capture a suspected internet fraudster.

An anonymous source who spoke with Leadership said, “The fraudster had hit a bike man and the passenger while they were being pursued by the policemen who caused the accident. But the irate youths stopped them from arresting them. It was in that process the gun was shot and two people were killed.” 

Another source said, “Trouble started when some youths accosted a ‘hit and run’ driver who knocked a commercial motorcyclist and a passenger, breaking the legs and arms of the victims in the process.

“The yet-to-be-identified driver put a call to the men of the Rapid Response Squad. One of them opened fire and hit two persons in the process. They were confirmed dead at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.”

Confirming the incident, the police said in a statement issued by the Ekiti State Command's Public Relations Officer, DSP Sunday Abutu, that the officer guilty of the gunshot had been disarmed, arrested, and detained and will face disciplinary actions.

Abutu, who added that the Command is already in contact with the relatives of the deceased, stated that the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Akinwale Kunle Adeniran, sympathises with the families and assures them that a discreet investigation has begun and justice will be served.

The statement read, “On 28/05/2024 at about 22:30hrs, a serious motor vehicle/motorcycle accident occurred involving a Lexus car and a Jincheng motorcycle along Omisanjana Area of Ado-Ekiti.

“The Command, upon the receipt of the information, deployed the State Traffic Section to the Scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order as well as ensuring the safety of the victims.

"On getting to the scene, the operatives met resistance as some irate youths disallowed them from performing their lawful duty and insisted on carrying out jungle justice. This necessitated a call for re-enforcement to assist the officers on the ground.

“However, in the process, one of the officers accidentally fired a shot that fatally injured two persons.

“The officer responsible for the shooting has been disarmed, arrested and detained and shall be made to face disciplinary action immediately.”

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