The police in Ogun State have arrested four suspects who reportedly beat a policeman to death on Sunday.
The policeman, identified as PC Agada Akoh, was reportedly beaten into a coma by the hoodlums, who left him in the pool of his blood at the Dalemo area of Sango-Ota.
The four suspects, Jelili Ismaila, 22; Amidu Bankole, 34; Elijah Samson, 36; and Moses Proboye, 34 were nabbed after information reached the police at Sango division at about 9:30p.m. that a policeman had been beaten into a coma by some hoodlums.
It was gathered that the DPO of the police station, CSP Godwin Idehai, led his men to the scene where he met the policeman already unconscious. The officer was quickly rushed to the General Hospital in Ota for medical care, but he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
A statement by Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, yesterday said its preliminary investigation revealed that the dead policeman and one other had escorted their principal from Idah in Kogi State to Lagos State.
Oyeyemi said: “On their way passing through Sango Ota, a truck driver, Jelili Ismaila, drove dangerously and almost pushed their vehicle off the road. While trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole as a result of which its tire got punctured. This made the two policemen come down and cautioned the truck driver, asking him to be mindful of other road users.”
However, the Ogun PPRO said the driver accused them of being at fault, thereby mobilising hoodlums to attack the officers and their principal with dangerous weapons and beating the deceased into a coma.
When they realised that the policeman might not survive the attack, the driver and the hoodlums, Oyeyemi stated, took to their heels.
But, the police said, “luck ran out on four of them when the DPO and his men, on a tip-off, stormed their hideout and got them arrested while the other four escaped.”
The body of the officer has been deposited at the Ota General Hospital mortuary. The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, described the incident as barbaric, saying it was an act of lawlessness.
Ajogun ordered that a manhunt be launched for the four fleeing suspects, warning that an unwarranted attack on his men would not be tolerated.
The CP then directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the homicide section of the state CIID for investigation and prosecution.
Source: The Guardian