The police in Lagos have arrested a police sergeant who allegedly inflicted machete cuts on an inspector colleague living in the same building with him and caused his death.
A very reliable source told Humangle that the victim, Insp. Adekunle Ilesanmi, died on Sunday night in a hospital where he was rushed to by his wife to be treated.
HumAngle learnt that the deceased was attached to the Special Protective Unit (SPU) 2, Ikeja.
The source said his attacker cut him on the body, hands and legs.
The source said the suspect had been a threat to neighbours in the house and vicinity, who had lodged a complaint about his behaviour at a nearby police station but no action was taken.
The source said after the suspect attacked the inspector, the case was reported at the police station nearby yet nothing happened to him until the deceased man’s wife made distress calls to some human rights activist for intervention.
HumAngle further gathered that after the inspector was attacked, the neighbours gathered around the suspect’s apartment where he was hiding, forced him out and took him to Oke-Odo Police Station to be detained.
“We received a message from one Mrs Adekunle about her husband, Insp. Adekunle Ilesanmi Francis, who works at the Special Protective Unit 2, Ikeja, who was gruesomely macheted by another police officer said to be a sergeant living in the same building.
“From the information we got, this sergeant had been a threat to neighbours in the house and vicinity. He drives a Camry car with no plate number fully tinted.
“The case was reported at the Oke-Odo Ile-Epo Police Station but nothing was done to call him to order before he perpetrated this evil act,” the source said .
When contacted, the police spokesman in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident and said the inspector was attacked when he attempted to stop the suspect attacking other neighbours. .
Elkana said that on June 4, at about 10.10p.m, one Azees Adebayo of No 8. Dosumu Street, Agbelekale Oke-odo, reported at Oke-Odo Police Station that one Sgt. Okema Azuquo, a tenant in the same house, returned home and engaged other tenants in a fight.
He said that he inflicted machete cuts on one Insp. Adekunle Ilesanmi, who was also a tenant in the house and trying to stop the sergeant from harming other civilian tenants.
The spokesman said Ayodele Eyitayo, a tenant in the house , sustained a minor injury on the face, while a team of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer was promptly deployed to the scene.
He said the injured persons were taken to hospital for treatment while the sergeant was arrested.
“Ayodele Eyitayo was treated and discharged, the inspector was admitted due to the severity of the injuries he sustained. The inspector, however, died on Sunday while on admission.
“Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti has taken over the investigation. The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation and disciplinary proceedings are concluded,” he said.
Last week, a mentally ill policeman in Lagos shot and killed a colleague on duty with him, an incident which took place after two policemen were arrested for allegedly shooting a 17-year-old girl, Tina Ezekwe, to death in Bariga area of the city.