An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been killed by an angry mob for ‘shooting’ a pregnant woman dead at the Ijegun area of Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Friday, August 9.
A tailor identified as Biliki who was pregnant was hit by a stray bullet in her shop after the policeman identified as Damilare Olarenwaju recklessly fired his gun indiscriminately while chasing a boy identified as “yahoo boy’ in the street.
Biliki was reportedly rushed to the hospital but died shortly after. The incident sparked outrage in the neighbourhood leading to the death of one of the policemen by the mob, while two others sustained injuries and ran to the Palace of the Ijegun monarch for safety.
“How can policemen fire shot at a roundabout, on a Saturday close to festive period in Ijegun?
“The road in front of the king’s palace is impassable at the moment. Vehicular movements have been diverted into a nearby street to access Ijegun bus stop.
“The information I gathered is that the policemen from Area M fired gunshots while chasing suspected criminal and the bullet killed a woman. Youths in the area killed him and injured his colleagues. One of them managed to crawl to the Oba’s palace,” a resident told The Nation.
The Lagos State spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the death of the policeman, while also disclosing that reinforcement has been deployed to the area to restore peace.
“I cannot tell you what really happened at the moment but it is true that we lost an ASP and two order ranks were injured. They are of the Anti-kidnapping unit attached to Area M.
“Reinforcement has been deployed to the area for the restoration of peace. Let us first calm the situation before we can talk of what happened,” he said.