The Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigations into the killing of a police corporal, Ado Ayuba, who was lynched by some hoodlums in Suru Alaba area of the state.
According to the
police, the victim was beaten to death by an irate mob for allegedly
killing a trader, Mustapha Mohammed, on July 30, 2013.
Metro learnt that Ayuba and another policeman were deployed to the scene
to chase away traders who had illegally taken over a portion of the
It was learnt that trading activities
by the traders usually caused gridlock in the area. It was also learnt
that some residents and motorists had complained to relevant authorities
about the inconveniences caused by the traders. It was said that a
construction company working on the road had also made appeal to the
government to check the traders.
A senior policeman, who spoke to
our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said, “Ayuba and the
policeman were posted to the area to chase away traders who had taken
over that portion of the road. The road is under construction by Chinese
Construction Engineering Company and the company had complained that
its makeshift construction site was being hijacked by traders.
“On the day of the incident, Ayuba and another policeman were dispersing the traders when things went wrong.
were told that the traders overpowered the policemen and in an attempt
to protect himself and his colleague, Ayuba opened fire into the crowd
and killed a trader (Mohammed).
“Ayuba’s colleague immediately
fled, leaving him alone with the hoodlums. The hoodlums seized Ayuba’s
gun from him, picked up stones and sticks and beat him up without mercy.
soldiers arrived at the scene and attempted to rescue the policeman.
But the soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the uncontrollable mob,
which overpowered them and chased them away.”
learnt that by the time the police back-up arrived and managed to
disperse the mob, Ayuba was unconscious from the beatings he had
The policemen were said to have rushed Ayuba and Mohammed to the hospital where they were confirmed dead.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told our
correspondent that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal
Investigation Department, Yaba.
She said, “The matter is under investigation at the SCID. Investigations will reveal what happened.