Friday, 12 April 2013

Gunmen in Police uniform kill foreign national in Lagos

Gunmen  alleged  to be policemen, shot a yet-to-be identified foreign national to death around the popular Daleko Market in Lagos State, on Thursday afternoon. Seven people have since been arrested in connection with the incident, which caused panic among traders as well as bank workers around the market.

The gunmen, who were allegedly in police uniform, drove in a commercial bus and reportedly shot the man , who was driving a Toyota Highlander Sport Utility Vehicle.The gunmen had escaped before a team of policemen from Area D Police station could get to the scene.
It was gathered that the deceased, who was later identified as Santos Korie, was driving around Daleko under bridge, when the gunmen blocked his SUV and shot him several times.
Santos was said to have died on the spot, but the police in the state claimed  that he died on the way to the hospital.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ngozi Braide, in a statement, admitted that preliminary reports pointed accusing fingers at the police. She, however, insisted that “it was not immediately ascertained whether the gunmen were hired killers in police uniform or real police officers.”

The police statement also confirmed that “on inquiry eye witnesses clustering around told men of the Area “D” that the gunmen were in police uniform and had operated in a commercial bus.”
The statement from the Lagos police also confirmed that some people had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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