An officer attached to Lagos Police State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID), Panti, has killed an 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade.
The sad incident occurred weekend when some detectives from SCIID when to effect the arrest of a robbery suspect in the Ijeshatedo area of the state. A stray bullet from the police officer was said to have hit the girl inside her compound.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Adkunle Ajisebutu confirming the incident said in a statement that “concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim. She was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.
“Commissioner of Police Mr. Hakeem Odumosu regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shares in this moment of grief.
“This is, therefore, to inform the bereaved family, sympathizers, and the general public that the erring police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained.
“The CP has directed that the said police officer should be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force. This, it is believed, will serve as a deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties.
“This singular sad incident notwithstanding, the Lagos State Police Command SHALL continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives and property of the citizens in the state”.