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IGP Arase Team Arrives Lagos Over Police, Vandals’ Clash

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 7:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom – Lagos


There are strong indications that the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered a special crack team from Abuja to  Lagos to unmask the suspected vandals that allegedly shot dead two police officers on Thursday, during a bloody clash at Igando waterside area in Lagos.

On Thursday, suspected vandals who were busy scooping crude oil, after bursting some NNPC pipelines were rattled when a special police team from the office of the Inspector-general of police arrived the area and engaged them in a shoot out.

At the end of the police, vandals clash, two police officers, whose names were not disclosed, were allegedly killed and several others critically injured, even as the police also retaliated with the killing and injuring of some suspected vandals.

Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, confirmed the clash saying that the incident is being investigated by the police and soon the killers of the officers will be arrested and paraded before newsmen.

However, our correspondent reliably gathered that officers of the special IGP task force from Abuja, led by Friday Ibadin, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, met a brickwall at the peak of the clash and had to make a distress call to top police officers in Lagos police command for reinforcement

Based on the call, Ahmadu Ahmed, a deputy superintendent of police and divisional police officer of Igando police station in turn radioed officers from the anti-robbery squad as well as the anti-vandalisation unit at the Lagos state command headquarters in Ikeja for the operation.

“It could have been bloodier on both sides of the warring divide, if the police in Lagos did not intervene at a critical point when the heat was becoming unbearable”, a police source said.

However, when our correspondent arrived Obadore, a bushy water-logged area on Friday on a surveillance mission, through Igando bus-stop and the dusty Isitu road, it was obvious that undercover police officers have taken over the place.

Around Mercy Estate in the area, some plain cloth police officers were seen mingling with area boys, commercial boat operators, local herbal concoction traders, transporters and others in the place.

However, in line with police command structures, it seems senior police officers saddled with the responsibility of relating with the public via the press may have decided to lie low on the particular issue.

When our correspondent called Kenneth Nwosu, Lagos police image maker for official comment on the clash, he directed our correspondent to call Friday Ibadin, the commander of the IGP team.

Repeated calls made to ACP Ibadin were not picked as at press time. However, a competent police said; “details of police investigations are not to be published on the pages of newspapers until approved. This may have informed the inability of the police team to pick calls from journalists at this point in time until the time is right. “