The Lagos State Police Command has released the three people, who were wrongfully accused of being cult members and kidnappers in the Adamo area of Ikorodu.
The command had said that Hassan, Enyin and Olaniran were arrested after a team of policemen on surveillance duty had an exchange of gunfire with suspected cultists around Adamo on Monday, adding that a Senior Secondary 1 pupil, Hadijat Sikiru (correct name is Adijat Shakiru), was hit by a stray bullet in the process and later died.
In a report filed by Punch Metro on Thursday, eyewitnesses faulted the police account of what happened and said instead that a trigger-happy policeman, who was said to be intoxicated while on duty, shot Adijat dead.
The deceased’s mother, Janet, had said that the police had yet to release Hassan, Enyin and Olaniran, who assisted her to carry Adijat’s corpse to the station.
During another visit to Adamo on Thursday, it was gathered that Hassan, Enyin and Olaniran were released on Wednesday after being detained for two days.
Olaniran, while condemning the action of the police, accused the Divisional Police Officer of the Imota Police Station and his team of shooting indiscriminately at the protesting residents despite knowing that they were at the station with Janet to report that a policeman had shot dead Adijat.
Olaniran said, “When Adijat was killed, we helped her mother to carry her corpse to the Imota Police Station and from there, we had planned to take her body to the mortuary. When we got there, the DPO told us that those who reportedly killed her were not from his station. After about 15 minutes, we stepped outside to call Janet’s husband to inform him of what had happened and we saw police officers carrying an injured policeman into the station.
“The DPO became annoyed and he and his subordinates started firing at us; we had to dodge in order to avoid being hit by the bullets. When they stopped shooting, they arrested us and accused us of attempting to burn down the station. They detained us and started referring to us as cultists and kidnappers, which were all lies.”
Another victim, Enyin, while calling for the DPO to be sanctioned, stated that the police personnel responsible for Adijat’s death had been arrested.
The Benue State indigene said, “If not for God’s grace and because I was at the station to help Janet, I would have been dead, because the bullets broke the windshield of the cars we were hiding in. After the shootout, the police arrested us and subjected us to torture. We were locked up in a cell and the following day, they transferred us to the Igbogbo Police Station and from there to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Panti.
“When we got to Panti, we saw that the police had arrested the team that came for the operation that led to Adijat’s death; I even saw the policeman that killed her. When a policewoman asked us what happened, we explained everything to her and that after assessing the whole issue, we were told to find someone, who had a voter card, to stand as our guarantor and they released us on Wednesday.”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Bala Elkana, simply said investigation was ongoing on the matter.