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Again, SARS officials kill one in Lagos

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Four Nigeria police officials attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been arrested for shooting an unidentified youth to death in Lagos.

Nigeria police are yet to release the names of the officers that killed the man at Akodo, Ajah area of Lagos State.

An eyewitness said one of the policemen shot at the man to death and tried putting the victim in their vehicle but were resisted by sympathisers at the scene.

Spokesman to Lagos State Police Command Bala Elkana confirmed the report to our correspondent.

“It is true,” Elkana said, “We have commenced investigation.”

The police spokesman said the names of the erring officers will be made public after investigation.

He assured the public of a speedy conclusion of the investigation “as we have done in the past.”

A civil rights activist and #EndSARS convener Segun Awosanya said he confirmed from a police source that an investigation was ongoing into the incident.

Awosanya disclosed that the four SARS operatives had been handed directives for another operation by a police DPO but went elsewhere and perpetrated the killing.

“In the course of their illegal roam they shot and killed an innocent citizen,” Awosanya tweeted on Friday.

He said the policemen are in custody and will be transferred to Panti.

The #EndSARS convener, however, said the police officers are currently being processed but efforts to identify the actual shooter amongst the squad of four members has not yielded fruit.

He suggested that “…they will all be charged for murder at this rate. Orderly room trial in process.”

Awosanya, an advocate of disbandment of the FSARS unit of the Nigeria police expressed optimism that “they’ll not be shielded (and) justice will be served. We’re monitoring.”


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