The Lagos State Police Command has declared that investigation into the killing of a 17-year-old girl, Tina Ezekwe, revealed that the conduct of two police officers, Assistant Superintendent of Police Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke, was unprofessional.
Many Nigerians had, since the incident, taken to the social media to demand justice for Tina, who was allegedly shot dead by a policeman in Iyana Oworo last Tuesday.
The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tina’s death.
State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, had said that the two police officers suspected to have shot Tina had been arrested, subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings and if found culpable, would be prosecuted.
Elkana, however, said in a statement on Monday, that investigation had revealed that the conduct of the two police officers fell short of professional standards.
He added that Otobo while Otobo had been queried and summoned by the Force Disciplinary Board in Abuja, Olamigoke was subjected to orderly-room-trial at the state command provost’s office.
According to the police spokesman, “Recall that on May 29, 2020, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Tina Ezekwe in the Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos State. Investigation so far revealed that the conduct of the two police officers, ASP Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke, who were linked to the incident, fell short of professional standards.
“In view of the above, the command has commenced internal disciplinary proceedings against the two officers. While the ASP has been served an official query in line with the provisions of the public service rules, Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke is undergoing an orderly-room trial at the state command provost’s office.
“The ASP will be appearing before the Force Disciplinary Board sitting in Abuja, whose recommended punishment will be forwarded to the Police Service Commission for approval.
“Meanwhile, the CP assures all stakeholders that as soon as the internal disciplinary proceedings have been duly exhausted and the culpability of the indicted officers established, they will be arraigned.”