Army probes killing of policeman, assault on 4 others by soldiers in Lagos
The 81 Division, Nigerian Army on Friday expressed displeasure over the death of a police inspector, Orukpe Monday, in an incident that occurred between some soldiers and policemen around Ojo, Lagos State.
The Division’s spokesman, Major Olaniyi Osoba, stated on Friday that the incident happened on Thursday and that the Division was already in touch with the Lagos State Police Command to resolve the matter.
“Accordingly, the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.
“At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions,’’ Osoba stated.
He commiserated with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the deceased.
Orukpe Monday died on Thursday after he and his colleagues were allegedly tortured by a group of soldiers at the Trade Fair area of Lagos.
According to reports soldiers travelling to the Ojo military cantonment came down on police operatives coordinating traffic on the highway after a disagreement.
Witnesses said the soldiers who were in a hurry confronted policemen on duty and an argument ensued.
The argument sparked a fight between the policemen and the soldiers who overpowered them and bundled two officers, including Mr Orukpe, to their barracks.
One policeman was able to flee the scene after struggling with the soldiers with his gun and shooting in the air.
Mr Orukpe died at the military hospital Thursday afternoon due to injuries he sustained from the assault dealt to him by the soldiers.