The immediate past General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Umar Musa, has made revelations as to what led to the killing of a policeman in Lagos by allegedly by soldiers attached to the Ojo Military Cantonment.
According to General Musa, the killing of the policeman was sparked off by a shooting of a soldier by one of the policemen at a check point around the area.
He said that the bullet narrowly missed hitting the soldier on the head, but had scrapped his ear and injured him severely.
Militarynewsng.com learnt the injured soldier was admitted at the 65 Nigerian Army Hospital in Yaba where doctors are battling to save his life.
General Musa said: “Preliminary investigations revealed that the police officer shot at the soldier during the altercation which clipped him in the ear but narrowly missed his vital parts.
“The other soldiers reacted to the shot fired by the police officer and this led to their beating the policeman to death.
“We have paid a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, to tell him that we will take necessary measures to prevent future occurrences of such nature.
“The injured soldier is in the hospital receiving treatment and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the next line of action to be taken.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police said that the Nigerian Army is yet to return two rifles and three magazines containing about 75 rounds of ammunition seized after the incident between soldiers and policemen at the Ojo area of the state.
The spokesman for the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police (SP) spoke to our correspondent in Lagos on Wednesday. Insisting that the soldiers allegedly beat up two policemen, leading to the death of one policeman.
His words: “The police has written to the Army in Lagos that two rifles, three magazines with 75 ammunition were seized by the soldiers on the incident day.
“We learnt they were yet to return the arms and ammunition because the GOC 81 Division Lagos has not given them directive to that effect.”