Protests continue in Ikorodu town in Lagos State over the killing of a commercial motorcyclist who was shot by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS). One person was killed and several others were injured in the protest, which began on Tuesday.
The policeman, simply identified as Haruna, in company with two of his colleagues, Ayodele and Ismaila, had on Tuesday stormed the area to arrest violators of the State traffic law.
The deceased, who was identified as Lekan Ajayi, ws said to have been shot thrice at close range by Haruna for resisting arrest while two other persons were injured.
The protesters, who were dispersed on Tuesday, however regrouped yesterday and stormed the Sagamu Police Station, Ikorodu, demanding that the killer policeman be brought out for them, blocking the major roads in the town, wielding sticks and other weapons as they protest their comrade’s death.
Speaking on the incident, state police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, said the area had been brought under control by policemen.
“It is an unfortunate incident that a life was lost but no matter what happens, we are not supposed to take laws into our hands and take to the streets to protest.
“When I spoke to the divisional police officer, I learnt that some hoodlums stormed the station in the morning, wearing charms.
“Their intention was to unleash mayhem on the police station and burn it down. Our men were finally able to disperse the crowd and they arrested one Azeez. He is currently in our custody.”
Contrary to reports, Braide said the policeman who shot Lekan acted in self-defence when the commercial motorcyclists regrouped and started beating and brutalising the police officers.
“As I talk to you, one of the police officers is currently hospitalised. He was horribly brutalised by the mob and they left him with severe injuries,” she added.
Chairman, Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association, Ladega Branch, Mr. Kayode Jimoh, however, disputed the police claim, saying only the policemen could justify the reason for shooting an unarmed man.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Abubakar Manko, however appealed to the commercial motorcyclists not to take laws into their hands. He also stressed the determination of the security agencies in the state to enforce the law on the restriction of operations of commercial motorcycles.