The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, has said a policeman has been killed and two others injured in the Ijegun incident after a police officer shot a woman.
The officer, an operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had mistakenly gunned down the shop owner, identified as Biliki, when they came to arrest two yahoo-boy suspects in the Ijegun area of Lagos. He reportedly opened fire on the two suspects but one of the bullets strayed and hit Biliki, who was in her shop. The incident anger the mob who seized one of the policemen and insisted that he must be lynched.
PUNCH correspondent learned that the mobbed policeman had been taken to the palace of the traditional ruler in Ijegun, where a crowd of angry youths has requested to lynch him.
A resident said, “The woman was rushed to hospital where she died. We have taken one of the men. He has been beaten and we want you to come down to see things for yourself”.
Elkana clarified that the officers involved were Anti-Kidnapping operatives and not men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
He added that there was no tension in the area as a police team had been deployed in the area to restore sanity.
“They were Anti-Kidnap, not SARS operatives. We don’t have the details of what happened for now. But the mob has killed one policeman and injured two. The area is still tense. But we are handling it.”
The late Biliki, a tailor, is reportedly to be pregnant when she was killed.