The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 4, Kalafite Helen Adeyemi, on Tuesday said the police has begun an investigation to probe the incident that led to the killing of a 50-year-old woman now identified as Ronke Adelugba, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Mrs. Adelugba was suddenly killed on Sunday at her residence at No. 1 Akinyemi Street, off Ijoka Road, Sijuwade close, by a seven-man squad of police officers from the Ala unit of the Oda Division Police Station, Ondo State Command, in Akure.
Apart from being a longtime widow, Mrs. Adelugba is the Accord Party ward woman leader in the state, SaharaReporters learned from sources.
Adeyemi addressed journalists in Akure shortly after a closed-door meeting with women leaders and community representatives, and said the police officers that were involved in the matter have also been arrested.
She disclosed that the officers should exhibit the fear of God and lamented over the recurrent extra judicial killings of innocent civilians in the state.
“The police officers in the state should remember ‘there is God’ and [I] am appealing to their conscience,” she said.
Adeyemi revealed that the officers have already been placed under detention with the move to unravel the circumstances that caused the death of the 50-year-old woman.
“The Commissioner of Police in the state as I was briefed on actions taken, the [policemen] involved have been arrested and are under detention,” she quickly told the waiting journalists.
Thereafter, the AIG guaranteed that the police would make sure “justice” prevails in its cause of investigating the crime.
Earlier, the AIG had embarked on familiarization tour of the State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, where she charged officers to double up in the fight against crime.
Also speaking concerning the incident, the outgoing Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Eke, described the incident as “unfortunate.”
Eke said the command is currently investigating the issue while two suspected criminals who were wanted by the police were arrested during the raid on the street.
The police boss disclosed that the arrested persons would help police in its investigation to unravel the actual cause of the woman’s death.
Meanwhile, SaharaReporters’ latest investigation has shown that the command was trying to cover up the incident.
Police sources told our correspondent that the command is likely to issue a press statement and dispatch it to journalists in an attempt to deny any link of its officers over the case.