August 5, 2022

Army begins probe after soldiers beat policeman to death in Lagos

The Nigerian Army in Lagos has confirmed that some soldiers caused the death of a policeman in the Ojo area.

Major Olaniyi Osoba, Acting Deputy Director 81 Division Public Relations issued a statement on Friday.

The spokesman noted that the Army was in touch with the Lagos State Police Command to resolve the matter.

Osoba said the “regrettable” soldiers’ actions negate the division’s disposition and zero tolerance for misconduct.

The Army has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions”, Osoba assured.

The statement further condoled with the Ojo Police Division and the family of the late officer.

On Wednesday, one policeman died after a clash with soldiers; another is receiving medical treatment.

The officers, on duty at the CCECC gate along the Lagos-Badagry expressway, had stopped vehicles to make way for a truck owned by the construction company.

Among those stopped was a coaster bus carrying dozens of the Military Ordinance School in Ojo.

Angered by the delay, they alighted and challenged the police team including an ASP, three Inspectors, and one Sergeant.

As the scene got charged over the ensuing disagreement, the soldiers attacked the officers and seized the ASP’s rifle.

They abducted two Inspectors and took them to the Ojo cantonment where they severely beat and tortured them.

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