A policeman from the Lagos state Police Command, Ado Ayuba, was beaten to death in the Suru Alaba area of Lagos state. Consequently the Lagos Police Command has begun investigations into the matter. Ayuba was beaten to death because he allegedly killed a trader, Mustapha Mohammed on July 30, 2013.
On the said day, Ayuba and a colleague of his were deployed to the scene to chase away traders who had illegally taken over a portion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway thereby causing traffic gridlock in the area. Their deployment followed complaints by some residents, motorists, and a construction company working on the road, about the inconveniences caused by the traders.
According to a senior policeman who spoke anonymously to a newspaper, “Ayuba and the policeman were posted to the area to chase away traders who had taken over that portion of the road. The road is under construction by Chinese Construction Engineering Company and the company had complained that its makeshift construction site was being hijacked by traders.
“On the day of the incident, Ayuba and another policeman were dispersing the traders when things went wrong.
“We were told that the traders overpowered the policemen and in an attempt to protect himself and his colleague, Ayuba opened fire into the crowd and killed a trader (Mohammed).
“Ayuba’s colleague immediately fled, leaving him alone with the hoodlums. The hoodlums seized Ayuba’s gun from him, picked up stones and sticks and beat him up without mercy.
“Some soldiers arrived at the scene and attempted to rescue the policeman. But the soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the uncontrollable mob, which overpowered them and chased them away.”
The police deployed back-up to the area but they were too late. By the time they were able to disperse the crowd, the officer lay unconscious. Despite rushing him and the shot trader to the hospital, neither of them survived.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
She said, “The matter is under investigation at the SCID. Investigations will reveal what happened.”