Chaos in Lagos, Ogun communities as police officer allegedly kills soldier
An unidentified soldier has been allegedly killed following an altercation with some police officers in Lagos state.
TheCable understands that the incident happened around Odogunyan axis of Ikorodu in Lagos on Wednesday.
The soldier in question, reported to have been stabbed to death, was said to be on mufti when the incident occurred.
However, colleagues of the soldier were said to have invaded the Ogijo police station — the distance between Odogunyan and Ogijo is a few kilometres and the two communities are border towns between Lagos and Ogun states.
The incident sparked apprehension among residents of the border communities.
Speaking on the incident, Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun police spokesperson, told TheCable that the command is trying to unravel the reason for the attack on Ogijo police station in Ogun state when the altercation happened in Lagos.
Oyeyemi also said the commanding officer of a nearby military barracks has been contacted and that the issue is being investigated.
“The crux of the incident is still sketchy,” he said.
“The information I gathered from the DPO in that axis was that there was an issue between a soldier and a mobile policeman at Odogunyan in Ikorodu, Lagos state.
“The incident happened in Ikorodu, which is in Lagos state. The reason why soldiers now came to attack the police station in Ogijo, which is in Ogun state, is what I’m still trying to find out.”
Asked if the police station was razed as reported on social media platforms, the Ogun police spokesperson said the station was not burnt, but patrol vehicles and an armoured personnel carrier were set ablaze.
Reacting to the incident, Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, in a tweet, said officers are on the alert to avoid a breakdown of law and order.
“There are stories making the rounds that riots have broken out in Odonguyan, Ikorodu,” Hundeyin wrote.
“We wish to clarify that the unrest is at Ogijo, Ogun State, though very close to Ikorodu, Lagos.
“Our officers are at alert & would not allow any breakdown of law and order within Lagos State.”