Eight People Killed As Police, Army Clash In Lagos State

Published On: May 25, 2011, 1:38 am
Author:
Daniel Bosai
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-- Online (m) at 25-05-2011 01:38AM

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It was a bloody Tuesday in Lagos as some soldiers shot dead two senior police officers and six others.
A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) ran into the rampaging soldiers at the ASCON Road, near the Badagry Army Barrack.

Daily Sun gathered that trouble, started between the soldiers and policemen on Sunday when some policemen at a checkpoint along the Badagry Road confronted a man in mufti, suspected to be a soldier.
The man, Daily Sun also learnt was riding on a motorcycle and was accused by the police of contravening traffic rules. Efforts were made by the police to arrest him, but he allegedly resisted arrest. A police corporal was alleged to have opened fire on the suspected soldier who later bled to death. After it realised that the victim was a soldier, all the policemen at road block, in the police stations and on duty along the road removed their uniforms and fled their duty posts.


The fear that the soldiers might come on reprisal attack was confirmed when some rampaging soldiers stormed some police stations along the road but did not meet their targets. The aggrieved soldiers therefore barricaded the road, searching for policemen inside the vehicles plying the Lagos/Badagry expressway.
While the soldiers were searching for policemen, the slain DPO, Mr. Samuel Salihu contacted the Army High Command who invited him for a peace meeting yesterday.

It was gathered that while the DPO, his DCO, who was identified as Samson Okedusi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), orderly and other officers were on their way to 242 Battalion, Ibereko Barracks, they were allegedly ambushed by some soldiers who opened fire on them. By the time the smoke settled, the DPO, DCO and six other persons were stone dead.
As at press time, dead bodies of the DPO and others were lying on the road.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army yesterday said that none of its men was involved in the brutal killing of the two police officers and six other persons in the Badagry area of Lagos.

Army spokesman in Lagos, Lieutenant Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya told Daily Sun on phone that none of the Force’s personnel was involved in the killing of the DPO, DCO of the Badagry Police Station over a minor incident that started on Sunday.
Ogunsanya said the suspected killers of a soldier on Sunday night at the Ibereko Barrack of the 242 Reconnaissance Battalion are in the custody of the Nigerian Army and that the killing of the soldier is being investigated.

Ogunsanya in a statement which was sent as SMS reads: “A soldier from 242 battalion was shot and killed by policemen on May 22, 2011. The suspected killers have been arrested and in our custody. The case is being investigated. However, no soldier is involved in the killing of the DPO and the policemen as being speculated.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Hafiz Ringim, was in Lagos to commission some communication gadgets at the state Headquarters, Ikeja, when news about the killing filtered in.

He was said to be consulting with the Army High Command to find a lasting solution to the war allegedly declared on the police by the soldiers.
A senior police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity told Daily Sun that he spoke with the DPO a few minutes before he was killed.
He said: “I asked him what he was doing about the matter and he told me that he was on his way to the barracks to see the commandant. When I called him few minutes again, his orderly who escaped death by the whiskers answered the phone telling me that the DPO had been shot.”
Meanwhile, there was tension along the road as shop owners hurriedly locked up their shops. Some residents had started fleeing the area pwhile others locked themselves up in their homes.

A driver, Matthew Nwaogu described the incident as a war. According to him, he was on his way to the Republic of Benin when he started hearing gunshots, thinking that armed robbers were shooting, he drove straight to a police station.
At the police station, he saw some armed soldiers ransacking the station. He said one of the soldiers after searching his vehicle and the passengers, ordered them to lie down so that they would not be hit by stray bullets.

Daily Sun investigation revealed that some of the deceased and injured victims were civilians were going on their normal businesses.
Worried residents had besieged the Area ‘C’ Police Command, Festac Town to make enquiries about their relatives.
Lagos State police spokesman, Mr. Samuel Jinadu, when contacted over the clash said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Yakubu Alkali would soon comment on the issue.

http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2011/may/25/national-25-05-2011-001.htm



-- Makasine (f) at 25-05-2011 04:37AM
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Ndi ara.
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-- Simon-Zeletus (m) at 25-05-2011 05:09AM
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Why Police remove their uniform hope they caring gun and shut anyhow, why they not stand and fight like man imagine DPO die because of copra action by killing Army Officer, Army suppose to kill 1,000 Police for person, so that tomorrow they we not shut anyhow. 
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-- rolifaith (f) at 25-05-2011 05:57AM
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na woo 9ja
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-- ajanni (m) at 25-05-2011 06:02AM
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two wrongs will never make a right anyway
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-- ajanni (m) at 25-05-2011 06:04AM
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Quote from: Simon-Zeletus on 25-05-2011 05:09AM
Why Police remove their uniform hope they caring gun and shut anyhow, why they not stand and fight like man imagine DPO die because of copra action by killing Army Officer, Army suppose to kill 1,000 Police for person, so that tomorrow they we not shut anyhow. 

haaaaaaaaaah
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-- Lekan22 (m) at 25-05-2011 07:00AM
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See nija oooooooo
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-- Alphamale (m) at 25-05-2011 08:02AM
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How about disarming the Police and arming the populace!

They (Police) protect only the rich who have money to pay for
escorts, they extort from the poor, create unnecessary chaos,
and kill our honourable soldiers.

In Nigeria, it's like your are more likely to be shot or harassed by a Police
officer than anyone else.
At least, we know why robbers kill and that's why we're supposed to have
the Police.

The authorities concerned should be more stringent in the recruitment
process so that they can stop arming (recruiting) people with Mental imbalances.

Rgrds, 
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-- skyleo (m) at 25-05-2011 08:25AM
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The Nigeria soldiers has teach the Useless Nigeria Police a great lesson, that they will ever forget throughout this year, that is how they do kill the innocent citizens just because of N20. So they can now be asking for the killer of their own people, even if is the IG of police that the soldiers killed is been killed be unknown soldiers. Useless Nigerian Police Force.
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-- mimibre (f) at 25-05-2011 08:57AM
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Why they come run na? They suppose stay! Idiot policemen i wish d solider killed al of them, umu idiot, ndi ori, stupid n selfless animals! 
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-- SNYPER (m) at 25-05-2011 09:03AM
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Just a common traffic offence an idiotic corporal opened fire on a human being, even if the victim is not an army personnel why on earth should he shoot an harmless man?  Well, my pain is the fact that innocent DPO n DCO who where only peace ambassadors fell victims of circumstance :'( :'( :'(.
 >:(That animalistic Corporal shld be traced and sentenced to death by hanging. The action of some soldiers who allegedly killed the DPO was wrong but it serve as deterrent to other policemen.
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-- godwindave (m) at 25-05-2011 09:35AM
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The power of 9ja 4u

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-- ourhearts (m) at 25-05-2011 09:43AM
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1 soldiers equals to 10 policemen.
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-- ourhearts (m) at 25-05-2011 09:44AM
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1 soldier equals to 10 policemen.
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-- Ricardoprinz (m) at 25-05-2011 10:05AM
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I quote from the press that "As at press time, dead bodies of the DPO and others were lying on the road.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army yesterday said that none of its men was involved in the brutal killing of the two police officers and six other persons in the Badagry area of Lagos" end of qoute. The question is if the ARMY IS SAYING THAT NON OF HIS MEN WAS INVOLVED IN THE KILLING,THEN TELL ME WHOSE MEN? MAYBE CIVILIAN MEN WHO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH KILLING OF SOLDIER. Ndi ara like my sister Makasine have said.
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-- Ibrutex (m) at 25-05-2011 10:12AM
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phyuk police useless fellows

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-- slimtimz (m) at 25-05-2011 10:22AM
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The Nigerian Police should be discret in recruiting young officers. I'm sure the police corporal that shot the shouldier wasn't given the right orientation otherwise, he would have known when and when not to pull the triger. The diseased shouldier has his own fault for resisting arrest and also refuse to identify himself as a shouldier. Na wah for our law enforcement agencies.  
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-- moniconyez (m) at 25-05-2011 10:35AM
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Imagine this FOOLS, Fighting like cat and dog. what a shame?
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-- groovin (f) at 25-05-2011 10:48AM
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that is what BABA FELA called unknown SOLDIER
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-- dirtykid (m) at 25-05-2011 10:57AM
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Madness of the millennium, All this Nigerian forces are not well trained at all.. Imagine such a mess, and i bet after all this shooting and killing, they will go home free without persecution !! Country where lives are valueless  Sad Sad Sad Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry

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