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Man killed, run over by motorcyclists in Lagos accompanied officers on illegal duty – Police

THE Lagos State Police Command said a man who was killed, and his corpse, run over by motorcyclists in the Aswani area of the state had accompanied two police officers to carry out illegal duty which led to his death.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a post via his X handle on Saturday, June 22.

“Two police officers attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 went on illegal duty, taking some civilians with them to shore up their number. They came under attack from motorcycle riders, resulting in the death of one of the civilians,” he noted.

Hundeyin said the officers had been detained and police operatives were on the trail of their civilian accomplices.

A viral video had circulated on social media in which a corpse was seen lying on the road, while different motorcyclists, rode over it as though to crush it.

The video attracted several reactions from social media users who condemned the act and called the attention of the police to it.




     

     

    Hundeyin also noted via X that investigations had begun to identify and prosecute the motorcyclists captured in the video.

    “While disciplinary actions have commenced on the already detained police officers, and search is on for their civilian accomplices, investigations have commenced to identify, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.

    One X user with username AduOmololu, who commented on the video said: “Is there a reporting portal where bystanders can report such incidents for a rapid response? We shouldn’t wait until this becomes the norm. The public should be educated on using their mobile phones to gather real-time information and share it with the nearest police post.”

    The Nigeria Police Force launched an application, the ‘Rescue Me’ app in 2021, but data analysed by The ICIR in February 2024, showed that not up to one per cent of internet users in Nigeria had the application installed on their mobile phones.

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    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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