The Nigeria Police Force has arrested on Wednesday four policemen for extrajudicial killing of two suspected robbers in Lagos.
The policemen who were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila were seen in a video that surfaced on the social media shooting the suspects alleged to belong to a notorious armed robbery gang terrorising Iba, a suburb of Lagos.
Prior to the incident, the cops responded to a distress call around 3pm on August 19, from one Valentine Anugu who was robbed of his mobile phone worth N450,000 by four armed robbers on two motorcycles.
While two of the suspected armed robbers fled, the others were held, disarmed of the two locally pistol, six live and five expended cartridges they had before shooting them inside the commercial bus they (police) used for the operation.
Condemning the action of the policemen, Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Lagos Command spokesman, said they went to the extreme and violated the rules on the treatment of suspects in custody and also breached the code of professional conduct and use of fire arms.
“The team went extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the Police Station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.
“That act of extrajudicial killing falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the command.
However, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
“The police officers are currently subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as Orderly Room trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for prosecution in the conventional court.”