TVC N. Recall the fashion designer, Jamiu Ayoade that was allegedly killed by a police in surulere, the Lagos State Police Command says it is rounding off plans to prosecute the Divisional Police Officer, Ijeshatedo Police Station, CSP Mohammed Yakubu, who allegedly shot dead him .
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who gave the update on Tuesday, warned other DPOs in the state to caution their men or be ready to be held responsible for their official misconducts.
It was reported that the DPO had around 7.30pm on Sunday, May 7, led some policemen to Wosilatu Daudu Street, Ijeshatedo, where Ayoade was attending his friend’s birthday party.
The operatives, who raided the area, shot into the air to disperse the gathering.
Yakubu reportedly chased Jamiu and other fun seekers into a building and shot him in the head at a close range and one Akeem also sustained a gunshot injury in the hand. The 23-year-old fashion designer was said to have bled to death while he was being taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
The command subsequently detained the DPO and commenced investigations into the incident.
Owoseni on Tuesday said Yakubu had violated rules of engagement during the raid on the area, adding that he would be arraigned upon the completion of administrative processes on the case.
He said, “I don’t know what he was thinking that could have made him (the DPO) to shoot at somebody in the crowd. He would be arraigned in court; no doubt about that. For any civilian that is killed unjustifiably, my emotion can’t take it. I feel the pain of the family of that boy. Why should I defend anybody that kills?
“There are administrative processes to be followed, which are almost complete. Probably, it will be completed by the end of this week and the DPO will be arraigned in court.”
Lamenting the misconduct of some operatives of the command, the CP asked the DPOs to curtail the excesses of the cops under them. He said, thenceforth, DPOs would be held liable for atrocities committed by officials under their supervision.
He said, “Caution your men. How can you be friends with people when policemen are on the road brutalising and extorting money from them? I don’t collect returns from any DPO.
“From today (Tuesday), for any act of misconduct that happens in your area, you will be held responsible…if you fail to submit yourself, I will come to arrest the policeman that commits the offence. You (DPO) and the offender will be paraded before the press. You will be redeployed and queried.”
He also urged policemen to be modest in dealing with members of the public and to follow ethics of the force to the letter.