Police stray bullet kills two in Ekiti state

A fired gunshots from yet-to-be-identified policeman at some youths trying to resist the arrest of their colleagues in the Omisanjana area of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital has claimed lives of two young men on Tuesday

Penpushing reports that eyewitness account said the incident happened at about 11 p.m. while some men of the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were chasing some young men, believed to be internet fraud stars (yahoo boys).

The fleeing men drove a Lexus RX car and subsequently the young men got involved in an accident with two motorcycle riders while attempting to escape from arrest, while other sources said it was when some irate youths attempted to help the fleeing men to resist arrest, by mobbing the police, that one of them fired bullets that fatally injured two boys.

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Penpushing further reports that as at the time of the incident the victims were said to have been rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, where they were later confirmed dead, with corpses already deposited in the morgue.

The Ekiti State Police Command Public Relations Officer, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sunday Abutu, however, in a statement explained that a discreet investigation had commenced, adding that the command had equally deployed the State Traffic section to the scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order

‘The Command, upon the receipt of the information, deployed the State Traffic section to the scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order as well as ensure the safety of the victims’, the statement added.

“On getting to the scene, the operatives met resistance as some irate youths disallowed them from performing their lawful duty and insisted on carrying out jungle justice. This necessitated a call for re-enforcement to assist the officers on the ground. However, in the process, one of the officers accidentally fired a shot that fatally injured two persons’, Abutu said.

Penpushing also reports that the police spokesperson disclosed that the officer responsible for the shooting had been disarmed, arrested and detained, and would face disciplinary action immediately.

The statement stated that the command was already in touch with the two families of the deceased, adding that the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Akinwale Kunle Adeniran, had condoled with the families and assured them that justice shall prevail.

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