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The Ogun state police command on Monday said it had arrested some suspected hoodlums who allegedly beat a police corporal to death in Dalemo area of the state.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the hoodlums were reportedly hired by a truck drivers who had an argument with the deceased police officer and his colleagues.
The suspects: Jelili Ismaila m’ 22yrs, Amidu Bankole m’34yrs, Elijah Samson m’ 36 yrs and Moses Proboye m’ 34yrs.
In a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspected hoodlums reportedly beat the police officer to coma with dangerous weapons around 9:30pm on Sunday.
Oyeyemi explained that the deceased officer and one other were escorting their principal from Idah in kogi state to Lagos State when the incident happened while passing through Sango Ota.
The PPRO further said, a truck driver identified as Jelili Ismaila drove dangerously and almost push the vehicle conveying the principal of the police officers ooff road.
He added it was while the police officers were trying to caution the truck driver that he reportedly went to mobilise hoodlum to attack the officers and their principal.
In his words, “preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased officer and one other escorted their principal from Idah in kogi state to Lagos State, on their way passing through Sango Ota, a truck driver Jelili Ismaila drove dangerously and almost push their vehicle off road. While trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole as a result of which its tyer got punctured.
“This made the two policemen to come down and cautioned the truck driver to always be mindful of other road users, but the driver accused them of been at fault thereby mobilised hoodlums who attacked the officers and their principal with dangerous weapons and beat the deceased to coma.
“Having realized that the policeman may not survive the attack, the driver and his hired hoodlums took to their heels , but luck ran out of 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 remains of the deceased officer had been deposited at the general hospital Ota mortuary.”
The PPRO however said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun described the incident as barbaric and act of lawlessness.
Oyeyemi added that the CP had ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining suspects. He also warned that unwarranted attack on his men is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
He further said, “the CP therefore directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for an in-depth investigation and deligent prosecution.”