The arrest of a police officer who allegedly shot a 16-year-old girl dead in the Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos state on Wednesday, May 27 has been confirmed by the Spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the trigger-happy policeman was trying to arrest a bus driver for violating the nationwide curfew and allegedly shot the bus conductor dead as well as young Tina during the process.
After the unfortunate incident, Nigerians took to social media using the hashtag #JusticeofTina to demand the arrest and prosecution of the erring police officer.
Reacting to the sad development, the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana this afternoon announced via his Twitter handle that the erring police officer has been arrested and will be made to face the full weight of the law.
”The killer cop is identified, arrested and detained at the Headquarters. He will face the full weight of the law. Justice will surely prevail. Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation.” Bala tweeted.
Meanwhile, the photos of the accused police officers have been released by the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Bala Elkana. The names of the police officers were identified as ASP Theophilus Otobo and Inspector Oguntoba Olamigoke.
He said the police officers have been subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings and if found culpable, will be arraigned in Court.
Narrating how the tragic incident happened, Bala said;
“The incident happened on 26th May, 2020 at about 2245 hours. The said Police Officers fired shots from their pin down point along Berger by third mainland bridge, in a circumstances yet to be determined one Musa Yakubu ‘m’ 35 years was injured at the point and a stray bullet hit Tina at Berger Yanaworu Bus stop. The bullet pierced through the left upper side of her lap. She was rushed to hospital by a team of Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer. The battle to safe her life lasted for two days, she died on 28th May, 2020 at about 2129 hours while on admission. The second person is in stable condition.”the statement in part read
Bala added that the Police have been in contact with the families of the victims from the day of the incident.
”The Command deeply sympathised with the family and friends of the deceased person. The Commissioner of Police calls for calm and assures the family that the perpetrators of this dastardly act will face the full weight of the law. He reiterated his stance on zero tolerance for impunity. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation. ”the statement read.
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Watch the heartbreaking video showing the moment residents struggled to save Tina’s life: