An angry mob has beaten an officer of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, to death for allegedly shooting dead, an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, on Wednesday.
The FSARS officer, Inspector Olukunle Olonade had on Wednesday shot dead a LASTMA officer, Rotimi Adeyemi, 46, at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti on Thursday said at about 6.00pm on Wednesday, the driver of a Toyota Highlander SUV, with registration number LSR 277 BJ, later identified as Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja while driving along Iyana-Ipaja road, was contravened for driving against traffic by a LASTMA official, one Rotimi Adeyemi, aged 46 years at Iyana-Ipaja roundabout.
He said the two men vehemently disagreed with each other and that during the altercation, the said Olonade allegedly shot the LASTMA officer death.
“Consequently, irate mob, who thought that the shooter was an armed hoodlum because he was in mufti, descended on him and beat him to stupor.
“Although he was later rescued by teams of policemen drafted to the scene, he later gave up the ghost while being rushed to hospital for treatment,” he discclosed.
Oti said the serial number of the pistol recovered at the scene was checked in the system and that it revealed the bearer as Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja, adding that the corpses of the deceased had been evacuated to the morgue for autopsy.
“The CP Lagos has directed that the late Inspector Olakunle Olonade be tried posthumously in Orderly room and be recommended for dismissal from the Force,” he said.