One Shot Dead In Lagos During Buhari’s Victory Celebration

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Hyacinth Chinweuba 

Unidentified gunman on Wednesday shot into a crowd celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in Sabo, Yaba, killing one person, while a police officer was seriously injured by some protesting youths in Okokomaiko, Lagos.

The unidentified gunman opened fire on the celebrating crowd at Iwaya area, killing one person on the spot.

Lagos police Spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incidents, said the police officer was attacked by some protesting youths on the Lagos–Badagry expressway.

Oti said that policemen, led by the DCO, SP Sunday Oyekanmi, were appealing to the youths as they were causing heavy traffic on the highway.

He said that while the policemen were appealing to the youths to leave the road, the youths attacked them with machetes and sticks during which the DCO was seriously injured and he collapsed.

“Many thought the DCO was dead, but the DPO of the station took him to the hospital where he was revived. He is responding to treatment now. He is not dead. The area is calm now.

“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Zubairu Muazu, has warned that the command will not tolerate any attack on his men who are working to protect lives and property in Lagos,” Oti said.

Oti said the 37 youths arrested for allegedly attacking the policemen at Okokomako were taken to the State CID, Panti, for investigation, while detectives were on the trail of the suspect who shot dead one person in Yaba.

On the alleged skirmish on Lagos Island, Oti said there was no crisis between Yoruba and Igb0 traders as being spread on the social media.

According to him, some areas boys were having misunderstanding among themselves and the police went there to stop them before it degenerates into a full-scale crisis.

“The area is calm, there is patrol everywhere. Members of the public should disregard any rumour of crisis in Lagos Island,” Oti said.

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