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Police “Shoot” 96 Years Old

A policeman has been accused of shooting a 96-year old woman, Alhaja Abidat Abdullah, at a check-point at Ito-Ikin along the Epe-Ikorodu Road.

Alhaja Abdullah’s son, Alhaji Olayemi Abdullah, said the incident took place on Monday, September 4.

He said it also led to an accident that crushed the legs of another co-traveller, Alhaji Fatiu Olalekan.

Police Spokesperson, Mr Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, was yet to confirm the incident before press time.

Abdullah said he could not immediately ascertain the policeman’s name.

According to him, both victims were part of a three-vehicle convoy returning to Lagos Mainland from Epe, after the Sallah festivities.

Abdullah said he drove his mother in a Nissan Infiniti Jeep with the registration number KRD 638 CV.

She was in the back seat.

Abdullah said: “She was critically injured by a gunshot released by one of the policemen, who stopped us at a check-point at Ito-Ikin. My friend, Alhaji Fatiu, was injured in the accident that later resulted from the commotion that followed the gunshot.

“Our convoy encountered two closely positioned police check-points at Ito-Ikin. Having been cleared by the first team, we had to stop for yet another one within a close range, about 500 meters apart.”

Olayemi said one of the officers, ‘Sergeant Festus’, in the second team also cleared them to move on.

“But, as I tried to move the car, I suddenly heard a gunshot sound from my left, away from the spot of the officer that had just attended to me”.

According to him, all three police officers immediately tried to jump into their pick-up vans to escape but “only one of them was able to get in and he sped off while two were apprehended by sympathisers”.

Realising that his mother’s left leg had been hit by a bullet, Olayemi said he and some passers-by chased the fleeing car and caught up with it at Agbowa Junction close to Agbowa Police Station.

“The gate of the station was closed and locked as soon as the fleeing officer, whose name I could not ascertain, drove speedily into the premises”.

He said when a crowd gathered and refused to leave, two policemen came out to appease them, offering to accompany Olayemi to see his mother at the Agbowa General Hospital.

When they got there, his mother was given a first-aid treatment and referred to the Gbagada General Hospital.

“The trip to Gbagada became yet another sad story,” Olayemi said, “as my jeep and a Mercedes Benz E-Class, both of which were led by an ambulance, got involved in an accident.”

He said he “narrowly escaped, but the Mercedes car driven by Alhaji Fatiu had a head-on collision with an oncoming commuter vehicle, at Imota. In the process, Alhaji Fatiu’s legs got seriously fractured.

“With an additional victim whose life must also be rescued, we proceeded to the Gbagada General Hospital.

“Alhaja Abdullah is currently receiving treatment while Alhaji Fatiu was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos State.
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