The Lagos police command have arrested sergeant Lukmon Akanbi attached to a Police Division in Victoria Island for allegedly shooting one Ramon Babatunde, a 39-year-old resident of campus area, a location within Victoria Island.
A statement from the Police Public Relation officer, Dsp Bala Elkana said; the incident happened around Eko hotel in Victoria Island.
The spokesman was quoted as saying “ that was a fracas between police officers who was on patrol at the area and the victim who was returning from and event.
He added, ‘the policeman was said to have pulled the trigger of his pistol on the unarmed civilian, and that which fall short of the professional standard on the use of firearms”.
“The victim was rushed to naval dockyard hospital and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty”.
Elkana said the police sergeant was arrested and detained at the provost department where he was subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as an orderly room trails.
He said the trigger happy sergeant was arraigned before an adjudicating officer on three-count charge of discreditable conduct contrary to paragraph (3) first schedule, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of Authority contrary to paragraph Q(2), and damage to articles contrary to paragraph D (1) police act regulation and regulation, cap 370 LFN 1990.
“The sergeant was found guilty of all the charges and awarded punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria police as he is handed over to the state criminal investigation department for prosecution in conventional court”.
The Lagos state commissioner of police cp Hakeem Odumosu condoles with the family and friend of the deceased person and assured them that justice will prevail.
Elkana was quoted as saying the command will henceforth hold supervising officers of erring policemen vicariously liable for the misconduct of their men.
The spokesman said the development is part of measure put in place by the Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu to curb incident of professional misconduct and engender accountability in the system.
“The police will not condone professional misconducts; human right violations and abuse of power”, the statement read