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BREAKING: Officers who killed suspected Lagos phone thieves arrested by Police
The Lagos State Police Command reportedly arrested the four policemen who killed two suspected phone thieves in broad daylight in the Igando area of the state.
Police spokesman, Bala Elkana, said they would face murder charges.
We earlier reported a viral video surfaced on the social media on Tuesday, showing the officers manhandling, and, later, ultimately, the suspects.
The policemen, as Identified by Elkana, are Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Corporal Aliyu Mukaila; adding, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon and Sergeant Solomon Sunday that they were attached to the Iba Police Division and not the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The men had been filmed shooting dead the suspects after they were arrested for allegedly robbing people who sold phones on Jiji, an online sales platform.
The Police said the action of the cops violated the code of conduct of the Force.
In his words: “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a video on social media showing some police officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody, against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated.
“The policemen were identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila, attached to Iba division patrol team.
“The incident happened on August 19, 2019 at about 3pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine of Agege Motor Road, Mushin, that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba, and they dispossessed him of one iPhone Max valued at N450,000.
“Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Iba, promptly deployed the divisional patrol team to the scene.