Police vow to arrest Okada riders who killed CSP, injured DPO

Rampaging Okada riders disarm, shoot dead police officer with service gun

The police in Lagos, on Friday, vowed to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the killing of a police officer, CSP Kazeem Abonde, in Isolo, Ajao Estate.

State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, gave this assurance.

Irate commercial motorcycle riders, popular known as Okada, on Thursday, allegedly disarmed and shot dead the police officer and injured two others with his service gun, when the team led by the police officer seized some motorcycles for operating on prohibited routes in the state.

The Okada riders were said to be protesting the seizure of their means of livelihood, when the situation degenerated and resulted in a violent clash.

The violence eventually claimed the CSP’s life.

On Friday, state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement, confirmed Abonde’s killing by the rampaging hoodlums.

Ajisebutu said the hoodlums attacked Abonde and the other policemen with guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons.

The statement titled, ‘Senior Police Officer Attacked, Killed During Raid Of Criminal Hideouts In Lagos,’ read,

“The Lagos State Police Command lost one of its finest officers during a raid on criminal hideouts in Ajao Estate, Lagos State yesterday 23rd September, 2021.

“The incident happened when tactical teams of the Command comprising men drawn from RRS, Taskforce, Ajao Estate Division and other divisions were carrying out raid of identified flashpoints and enforcing the ban on use of motorcycles in restricted areas in the Estate and similar places in the State.

“The exercise was a routine proactive approach aimed at curtailing activities of armed robbers and other criminal elements in the State. Similar exercises were carried out in the past in other parts of the state which have resulted in reduction in crimes in the areas.

“After the successful operations which led to the arrest of some of the suspects, other criminal elements and hoodlums in their large number laid siege to the exit of the Estate and attacked the policemen with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

“Unfortunately, during the fatal attack, CSP Kazeem Sumonu Abonde attached to the Operations Department of the Command was brutally killed by the hoodlums. The DPO Ajao Estate, CSP Abdullahi Malla and other Police officers equally sustained varying degrees of injuries. The corpse of the deceased officer has been deposited at the Yaba Mainland Hospital for autopsy.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu while condemning the attack on the policemen who were carrying out legitimate duty at the time, has directed that a discreet investigation into the incident should be carried out immediately. The CP has equally vowed to ensure that all suspects responsible for the dastardly act would be brought to book soon.

“The Commissioner of Police has promised that this mournful incident would not dampen the morale of the Command or discourage it from carrying out its statutory duties of protecting lives and property of the Citizens in Lagos State.”

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