Police arrest officer who killed 18-year-old admission-seeker in Lagos

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Monsurat Ojuade was killed by a police officer during a raid on their house on Saturday night
Monsurat Ojuade was killed by a Sergeant Samuel Phillips during a raid on their house on September 11, 2021.

The yet-to-be-identified police officer who killed a lady during a raid in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State, has been arrested by the state’s Police Command.

Although the identity of the suspect was not revealed, the Lagos state Police command disclosed that he had been apprehended and detained pending further investigation.

The latest development was disclosed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.

According to the statement, the victim was hit by a stray bullet when security operatives raided the area in search of a robbery suspect.

It was also gathered that the victim had written the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which she aced by scoring 265.

“It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that one Monsurat Ojuade (female) aged 18, was hit by a stray bullet at about 0100 hours of 11th September 2021 when a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti went on investigation activities to effect (the) arrest of a robbery suspect in Ijeshatedo area of the State,” Ajisebutu said in the statement.

“Concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim. She was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shares in this moment of grief.

“This is, therefore, to inform the bereaved family, sympathisers, and the general public that the erring Police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained”.

The statement titled, ‘Shooting incident at Ijeshatedo: Erring police officer arrested, detained’, did not disclose the identity of the officer involved.

CSP Ajisebutu said the Commissioner of Police has also directed that the police officer be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force.

This, according to him, will serve as a deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties.

He also assured the people of the state that regardless of the incident, the Police “shall continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives and property of the citizens”.