Defence & Security

Policeman shoots two dead at Lagos party, Others injured

• CP orders manhunt, pledges justice

By Alex Olise

Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Alabi Abidoun has ordered a manhunt on the trigger-happy alcoholic Policeman who killed two people at a birthday celebration hosted by a businessman in Egbeda area of Lagos.

The alcoholic cop was attempting to give a gun salute to the businessman when he misfired, killing two people and injuring two more.

According to a witness, John Okeke, the incident occurred at La Silva Bar, Gowon Estate, Egbeda in Alimosho around 9pm,” we were celebrating in a birthday party of our friend, as he was coming out to exchange pleasantries with some of his friends when the Policeman who was drunk was trying to offer gun salute to the man, Ifeanyi (aka Asiwaju) of Computer Village. While shooting, the bullet hit some people. Two people died while two others were injured. When the policeman saw the atrocity that he committed, he took to his heels.

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According to a Police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, ” The Commissioner of Police has declared a manhunt for the trigger happy Policeman. It was gathered that the policeman was not on duty, the police boss is interested to know how a policeman who was off duty got the rifle he used that night”.

It was learnt that two of the guests were arrested by policemen attached to Gowon Estate Division after the bar’s owner, Sylvanus Chukwukezie made a complaint.

However, Lagos State Police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin, a superintendent of police (SP), said details of the incidents were still sketchy but assured that the command would not rest on its oars until everyone culpable was brought to justice.

He said: “I can confirm there was a shooting at the bar on Sunday night and two persons were killed. We are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting. I can assure you that those responsible will not go free. They will face the music. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi has zero tolerance for such behaviours and has already given marching orders to the DPO of the area to fish out the culprit.

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