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Lagos DPO arrested, detained for killing sergeant

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO),  Ilemba Hausa Police Division, Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), has been arrested for the alleged murder of a police sergeant, Onalaja Onajide. 

Recall the Onajide, until his death was a station guard at the division. He was however shot dead on May 10, 2020.

While two fake military personnel were arrested for the killing of sergeant, wife of the deceased had insisted her husband was shot by the DPO. 

It was alleged that the CSP shot the sergeant while dispersing a crowd that gathered in front of the Station. 

The allegation led to the arrest of the DPO, who is now being held at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba. 

According to a statement by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Elkana Bala, the command had ordered an autospy, as investigation is ongoing.  

Bala also said the rifle of the senior police officer had been retrieved for forensic examination. 

The PPRO said: “ The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the transfer of the case involving the shooting and killing of Sergeant Onalaja Onajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, to SCIID for discreet investigation. 

“ This decision followed the reports received by the Command alleging the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa, CSP Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, of shooting the Sergeant while dispersing crowds that gathered in front of the Station. The DPO is arrested and detained at SCIID for investigation. 

“ His rifle is retrieved for forensic examination. The Command has ordered that autopsy be carried out on the deceased person. The Commissioner of Police expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen colleague and assured them that the Command will stand with them in this moment of grief and ensure that justice prevails.

He also said the two military deserters will be handed over to the military for appropriate investigation.