There is tension following the death of a 52-year-old widow who was shot to death by the police in Lagos while pursuing a suspected fraudster.
Punch reports that there have been pockets of protest by residents of the area following the incident that also saw three other people injured when the policemen opened fire while chasing after the suspect.
It was learned that the protesters had dumped the corpse of the deceased at the Olosan Police Station which led to a melee where many residents were injured, while three people sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to different hospitals for treatment.
The three policemen alleged to have been involved in the killing of the mother of two are said to have been arrested and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where they are being detained.
The incident that led to the death of Adebayo, according to eyewitnesses, came about after some policemen attached to the Olosan Division trailed the suspected fraudster to the Tollgate area of Mushin.
According to police sources, the suspect was said to have resisted arrest and mobilized his friends who attacked the cops who reportedly called for reinforcement from the division.
The new police team deployed to the scene was said to have opened fire to disperse the attackers with a stray bullet hitting Adebayo victim in the head while she prepared to fry yam cake for her customers around 6 pm and she died instantly.
The deceased's sister, Adenike Fatai who identified the policemen involved in the killing as Charles and Prince, narrated how her sister was killed.
“Some policemen on motorcycles trailed a man to Tollgate. They accused him of being a Yahoo-Boy. They wanted to arrest him, but the man put up a fight against them.
They called for reinforcement and that was how their colleagues came in a patrol van and started shooting indiscriminately.
They fired more than 20 bullets. My sister who was about to fry yam cakes was hit by a bullet. She fell and died.
A motorcycle rider went to challenge Prince, telling him a woman had been hit by their bullet. Prince shot him as well in the leg. The policemen were six in number.”
Fatai claimed that the police also opened fire on the protesters at the police station, with many people injured, including a boy who was beside a filling station.
“The police were asking us why we would bring a corpse to the station. They shot and used tear gas on us. The police must bring the killers of my sister to justice,” she cried.
Our correspondent learned that the deceased, whose husband died some years ago, was survived by two children.
However, a police officer at the station said the crowd wanted to disarm their men when they went to effect the arrest of the alleged fraudster.
"From investigations, those policemen were on official duty. They saw a suspect carrying a black nylon bag. Immediately the suspect sighted them, he passed the bag to another person, who quickly fled the scene.
Nobody knew if it was a gun or a bomb that was in the bag. The motorbike policemen who attempted to arrest the suspect were attacked by a mob with bottles, stones, and petrol.
Those policemen then called for reinforcement. The new team tried to disperse the mob by shooting into the air.
By the time they got back to the division, the mob came to attack them again, bringing a woman whom they claimed was shot dead by the police.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, has confirmed the incident, saying investigations were ongoing just as some of the policemen involved have been arrested.