The Police in Festival town, Lagos, yesterday, arrested a mobile policeman for indiscriminate shooting and killing of a barber, while inflicting injuries on four others at Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos.
When Vanguard visited the scene of the incident, sympathizers were seen in groups discussing the incident.
An eye witness who spoke on terms of anonymity, said he was lucky to have escaped being killed by the policeman.
“I had retired for the night when I heard gun shots outside. I hurried out to know what was happening only to come face to face with an incident that nearly got me killed. I saw one of the mobile policemen attached to a house in Chief Sunny Ebere Close shooting all over the place and staggering in the process. We all ran for cover.
“I and one Emeka who resides here ran to the gate of one of the buildings close to the gate of the hotel, but before we could enter, the policeman fired another shot, which hit Emeka on the leg.
“I fell down, pretending I was dead. That was actually what saved me, because when the policeman got to where I was, he left me and went after the other people. After he left, I got up and ran towards the estate gate. Surprisingly, Emeka got up and ran too.
“In the process of shooting indiscriminately, he went to a barber’s shop and asked Bright, the barber, who was attending to a customer, to come out. Not suspecting anything serious, Bright obeyed after which the policeman shot him at close range.
“When the policeman saw that everyone was running for safety, he fired shots sporadically, in the process a pregnant woman called Ebere was hit on the hand by bullet.
“Another victim, Nonso, was hit on his right eye and yet another victim simply called Tayo was hit on his thigh.”
It was gathered that when the policeman discovered the gravity of his action, he escaped through the Golden Tulip Hotel but was later arrested by the Festac Police.
Meantime, Bright’s corpse was deposited at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba morgue, while three of the injured are receiving treatment at the hospital and the forth victim is being treated at a private hospital in Festac Town, Lagos. [Vanguard]