The police command has detained a yet-to-be-identified police officer in Lagos State for allegedly killing an admission applicant, Monsurat Ojuade.
We learned that 18-year-old Ojuade was shot and killed around 11.35 p.m. on Friday in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State.
Ojuade allegedly took the just completed Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and received a score of 236.
The admission seeker’s death was confirmed by the Lagos State Police Command, which added that one officer had been arrested and detained in connection with the incident.
The police command announced this in a statement by Adekunle Ajisebutu, its Public Relations Officer, captioned, “Shooting incident at Ijeshatedo: Erring police officer apprehended, detained.”
The statement read, “It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that one Monsurat Ojuade (female) aged 18, was hit by a stray bullet at about 0100hrs of 11th September, 2021 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.
“Concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim. She was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, 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.
“This singular sad incident notwithstanding, the Lagos State Police Command shall continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives of property of the citizens in the State.”