Mr. Femi Badejo, an employee of Access Bank Plc, and his security guard, Joshua Moses, were on Saturday, shot by policemen in Lagos after they responded to a distress call about a robbery at the banker’s home in Ikota area of the state.
The robbers had attacked Badejo and his neighbours around 4am and one of the neighbours made a distress call to the police, but by the time the policemen arrived about an hour later, the robbers had fled.
Badejo who is currently receiving treatment at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, said he and his neighbours were in the compound discussing what had transpired when the policemen stormed the building and started shooting sporadically.
According to him, “I live in a one-storey building and there are four tenants occupying the ground floor. Around 4am, armed robbers stormed our house.
“The robbers robbed all of us occupying the ground floor. They stole my clothes, money, phones and other valuables. While the robbery was ongoing, one of the tenants called Maroko Police Division.
“We (neighbours) were all inside the compound counting our losses when we heard a bang on the gate. Immediately the security guard opened, one of the policemen started shooting indiscriminately.
“The security guard was shot in the pelvis and in the back but the bullet pierced through his chest. I immediately took cover under a car but the policeman came to where I was and started shooting at me.
“Another policeman came behind me and shot. The first shot came through my feet and fractured my leg. Two shots grazed my thighs. Another shot went through my biceps and came out, while one went through my wrist.”
Badejo and the injured guard who were immediately rushed to the hospital, said it took the intervention of neighbours as well as the Divisional Police Officer of the station to prevent him from being killed. The guard who is said to be in critical condition, was subsequently transferred to General Hospital, Broad Street, before he was then taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Badejo, who berated the police for lack of professionalism, said, “When the policemen came into the compound, they didn’t even ask any questions. One of them just started shooting. Even the armed robbers did not even assault me, they only took my belongings.”
The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, on Sunday could not be reached for her reaction to the incident.