by Austin Areh
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Credit: Business Day


A stray bullet shot by a policeman killed two persons at a birthday party held in a bar around the Egbeda area of Lagos. The incident happened by 9 pm on Sunday at La Silver Bar.

The policeman who’s yet to be identified was invited by the celebrant, a businessman popularly called Asiwaju of Computer Village. The policeman was said to have attempted to offer gun salutes to him (celebrant) when the bullet hit some attendees.  A guest, who announced the tragic incident on his social media page, claims that the policeman was drunk. He explained that as the policeman was about to point his rifle up, he accidentally pulled the trigger. “Two persons died on the spot while others sustained injuries. The policeman fled when he realized what he had done”.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Afolabi, was informed of this tragic incident,  and he instantly gave orders that the policeman be found for disciplinary action. Preliminary investigation reveals that the policeman was supposed to be off duty on the said day – Sunday. According to the Police, part of the investigation by detectives in charge of the case was to ascertain where he got the service rifle from since he was off duty.

Superintendent Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesman for Lagos State Police Command, confirmed the death of two persons but withheld details of the circumstances surrounding their death. He said an investigation was ongoing, assuring that those responsible would not go unpunished.  “The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, has zero-tolerance for such behaviors and has already given marching orders to the DPO to extract the culprits”, he added.

Police sources however indicate that the Lagos State Police Command is on the trail of the police officer and the celebrant.

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