No soldiers were shot at the trade fair – Lagos Police Counter Army

Major General Umar Musa

Aug. 10 (THEWILL) – The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed claims by outgoing GOC 81 Division Major General Umar Musa that one of its officers was shot during a a recent clash between police and soldiers in the state’s trade fair area. .

THEWILL reported that Inspector Monday Orukpe, attached to the Ojo Division of the Lagos Police Command, died as a result of torture he allegedly suffered at the hands of soldiers who attacked him and his colleagues, August 4.

Another inspector, Igbafe Ojo, who was allegedly tortured by the same soldiers, was hospitalized in the military hospital of the Ojo military cantonment.

The officers were reportedly attacked by soldiers while controlling traffic on the trade fair section of the always busy Lagos-Badagry highway.

The soldiers, who were apparently returning from a lesson, grew angry when traffic in their lane was stopped to allow other road users an easy passage.

The trouble had started when soldiers were on their way to attend a training program at Ojo military cantonment when the bus carrying them encountered light traffic around the Badagry highway trade fair area of ​​Lagos.

Giving details of the incident, the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Umar Musa, said preliminary investigations revealed that the officer shot the soldier during the altercation, which cut off his ear but narrowly missed vital parts.

Musa gave the clarification on Tuesday, while handing over to the new GOC, 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Obinna Ajunwa, at division headquarters on Victoria Island.

He said; “The other soldiers reacted to the shot fired by the policeman and this led them to beat the policeman to death. We paid a condolence visit to the police commissioner to tell him that we will take the necessary measures to prevent future events of this nature.

“The injured soldier is in hospital receiving treatment and an investigation is underway to determine the next course of action.”

But in a quick response to Major General’s claim. Umar Musa, spokesman for the Lagos Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Wednesday said that as the command was in a distressed mood and decided to toe the line of civility, he would not accept not misinformation.

Hundeyin said that during the scuffle a policeman fired in the air and not at a soldier, adding that the Lagos Police Command was awaiting the report of the commission of inquiry set up by the army. Nigerian to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the incident. .

“Lagos State Police Command’s attention has been drawn to a report credited to Major General Umar Musa, outgoing Division GOC 81, claiming that a police officer fired at the soldier during the altercation who cut him in the ear but narrowly missed his vital parts,” the statement read.

“As the Lagos State Police Command is in a distressed mood and has decided to toe the line of civility, it is fitting to stand up against misinformation.

“The fact remains that on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the trade fair area in Lagos State, about 30 Nigerian army soldiers attacked five police officers for stopping vehicles along their lane to clear the way for a heavy goods vehicle joining the motorway. .

“After the soldiers brutalized the ASP who was leading the team, pulled out his magazine and abducted two inspectors with their rifles, the next inspector they tried to attack fired a single shot in the air – an act which drove the soldiers back.

“The only shot was in the air. At no time was anyone hit. The Lagos State Police Command is daring the army authorities to present the soldier who was allegedly shot dead. As we mourn our fallen hero and pray for the full recovery of the kidnapped second inspector, we urge Nigerians to ignore the claim that a soldier was shot dead as there is absolutely no truth to it.

The command said it is looking forward to the report of the commission of inquiry set up by the Nigerian army to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the incident.

“He also said he looked forward to the soldiers’ peach behind Orukpe’s torture and murder” and the return of two AK47 rifles and three magazines taken by the soldiers.


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