Nigerian Army recounts how policeman killed soldier in Lagos

Nigerian Army has recounted how an argument between a soldier and a policeman at the Ododunyan area of Lagos led to the former’s death.

The deceased’s colleagues regrouped and launched a reprisal attack on a police station, burning it to the ground.

The deceased is said to belong to the 81 Division of Nigerian Army.

But, in a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Public Relations of the 81 Division Nigerian Army, Lt.-Col. Olabisi Ayeni, the military authorities denied the arson.

He said an angry mob, instead, burnt down the station.

“Troops have been deployed around the vicinity of all police stations in the Ikorodu area to prevent a breakdown of law and order,” he said.

Ayeni said the victim (soldier) allegedly confronted the suspect (policeman), who was not properly dressed and was standing very close to a patrol vehicle of Operation MESA to confirm his identity.

“This led to an argument and, subsequently, the unfortunate incident. The soldier was immediately rushed to the Lagos State Polytechnic Hospital, Odogunyan, for medical attention, but he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

“The remains of the soldier have been moved to 174 Battalion Medical Centre in Ikorodu. The situation is under control as normalcy has returned to the community,” he said.

He added that the killer policeman had been handed over to the police authorities for appropriate action.



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