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The Lagos State Police Command has frowned at a press release credited to Major General Umar Musa, outgoing GOC 81 Division, claiming that a ‘police officer shot at the soldier during the altercation which clipped him in the ear but narrowly missed his vital parts.’

In a statement released on Wednesday, the PRO of the Lagos Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, challenged the Army authorities to produce the soldier who was allegedly shot.

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The statement reads below;

The fact remains that on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the Trade Fair area of Lagos State, about thirty Privates of the Nigerian Army attacked five policemen for stopping vehicles along their lane to pave way for a heavy duty truck joining the expressway.

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After the soldiers had brutalized the ASP leading the team, taken out his magazine, and abducted two Inspectors with their rifles, the next Inspector they attempted to attack fired a single shot into the air – an act that made the soldiers retreat.

The single shot was into the air. At no point was anyone hit. The Lagos State Police Command challenges the Army authorities to present the soldier allegedly shot.

While we mourn our fallen hero, and pray for the total recovery of the second abducted Inspector, we urge Nigerians to disregard the claim that a soldier was shot as there is absolutely no truth to it.

 

Meanwhile, the report of the panel of inquiry established by the Nigerian Army to look into the incident’s immediate and long-term causes is eagerly anticipated by the Lagos State Police Command.

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The Nigerian Army has pledged to return the two AK-47 rifles and three magazines that were taken by the soldiers, as stated by Brigadier-General KN Nwoko during a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Ablabi, fdc. The Command is also looking forward to finding the soldiers responsible for the torture and murder of Inspector Monday Orukpe.

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