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Nigerian Soldiers Attack Policemen In Lagos, Kill One, Injure Another For Not Clearing Busy Road For Them To Pass

Police and soldier
August 5, 2022

The deceased and one other policeman were said to have incurred the wrath of the soldiers on Wednesday for allegedly refusing to clear the road for them.  

A police inspector, Monday Orukpe has been reportedly beaten to death by soldiers in Lagos State. 

 

 

 

 

The deceased and one other policeman were said to have incurred the wrath of the soldiers on Wednesday for allegedly refusing to clear the road for them.  

 

 

 

 

The military officers had asked the policemen who were controlling traffic around CCC gate on Lagos/Badagry expressway to open the road for their bus but they were asked to wait. 

 

 

 

 

This angered the soldiers who pounced on them, took them inside their bus and drove them to Ojo cantonment around Lagos State University. 

 

  

 

On getting to the military barracks, the two abducted policemen were physically tortured and abused, leading to the death of Orukpe. 

 

 

 

He was subsequently rushed to the army hospital where he was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon. 

 

 

 

Acting Deputy Director of the 81 Division Public Relations, Olaniyi Osoba confirmed the death of the policemen. 

 

 

 

 

He however said investigation had commenced to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident. 

 

 

 

 

“The Division is already in touch with the Lagos State Police Command to resolve the matter. This incident is highly regrettable given the Division’s disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct,” Osoba, a Major in the army said. 

 

 

 

 

“Accordingly, the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident. At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions. 

 

 

 

 

“Consequently, the Division wishes to commiserate with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the victim.” 

 

 

 

 

This comes after recent claims by the Nigerian Army that officers of the Nigeria Police Force were brutalising some of its personnel. 

 

 

 

 

In a letter to all formations and units, the Chief of Army Staff had called on military officers to “forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the Nigerian Army”. 

 

 

 

 

The letter exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters was signed by Major General J. A. Ataguba. 

 

 

 

 

The letter had read, “The NA is constitutionally tasked to provide aid to civil authorities when called upon. This responsibility has occasioned conducting joint activities with members of the civil and paramilitary organizations. These joint operations with other security agencies particularly the Nigeria Police create occasions for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has often led to friction, especially at the lower levels. 

 

 

 

 

“This friction has occasionally led to bodily harm and in some cases death to our troops. This is in spite of the fact that the victims have been identified and established to be serving personnel. 

 

 

 

 

“This department is therefore conducting an evaluation of these occurrences with a view to establishing the frequency and recommend possible remedial measures to stem the tide. Consequently, all NA corps, formations and establishments are please requested to forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the NA. 

 

 

 

 

“The report should cover the last two years. Returns to reach this NLT 8 December 21 and should be forwarded using enclosed formal.”