Police arrest officers who killed suspected phone thieves in Lagos

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The arrested Policemen

Recall that a viral video had surfaced on the social media on Tuesday, showing four Police officers manhandling, and, later ultimately killed two suspected phone thieves in broad daylight in the Igando area of the state.

Police spokesman, Bala Elkana disclosed on Wednesday that the Lagos State Police Command has arrested the four policemen, said they would face murder charges because they breached the code of professional conduct and use of firearms.

Elkana identified the policemen as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila; disclosing that they were attached to the Iba Police Division and not the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A viral video circulating the internet show the Policemen shot 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

Elkana said, “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.