An irate mob has killed an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) for shooting a pregnant woman to death at Agbole area of Ijegun in Egbe-Idimu, Lagos State.
The pregnant woman identified as Biliki, a tailor, was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in her shop after the policeman whose name was given as Damilare Olarenwaju, recklessly opened fire while chasing a boy labeled a “yahoo boy” in the street. Biliki died shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.
The incident enraged the neighbourhood, which descended on the policemen. Their action led to the death of one of the policemen while two others sustained injuries and ran to the Palace of the Ijegun monarch at Ologun for safety.
“How can policemen fire shot at a roundabout, on a Saturday close to festive period in Ijegun?
“The road in front of the king’s palace is impassable at the moment. Vehicular movements have been diverted into a nearby street to access Ijegun bus stop.
“The information I gathered is that the policemen from Area M fired gunshots while chasing suspected criminal and the bullet killed a woman. Youths in the area killed him and injured his colleagues. One of them managed to crawl to the Oba’s palace,” a resident told the media.
When contacted the Lagos command spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana,was said to have confirmed the death of the policeman while also disclosing that security operatives are in the area to restore peace and order.
“I cannot tell you what really happened at the moment but it is true that we lost an ASP and two order ranks were injured. They are of the Anti-kidnapping unit attached to Area M.
“Reinforcement has been deployed to the area for the restoration of peace. Let us first calm the situation before we can talk of what happened,” he said.