Armed robbers, in the early hours of today, killed two police officers, Inspector Haruna and Supol Funminiyi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, and made away with their two rifles.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the policemen attached to New Oko Oba Police Division, were on patrol when they ran into the three vehicles the robbers used for their operation at about 2 a.m. at Paying Junction near Olaniyi Street, New Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Investigations revealed that the policemen mistook the robbers’ vehicle for the patrol van of Area ‘G’ police. They parked to make way for them to pass.
Instead of the robbers moving on with their two Toyota Sienna SUV and the third vehicle, they opened fire on the four policemen inside the patrol van.
Supol Funminiyi, who tried to escape, was shot first in the legs. He was later sprayed with bullets and he died on the spot. Inspector Haruna, who made frantic efforts to reach their office through his mobile phone to seek reinforcement, was also sprayed with bullets and he also died instantly.
Two other policemen, the corporal who was their driver and a sergeant managed to escape. The corpses of the slain ASP Funminiyi and Inspector Haruna have been removed and taken to the mortuary.
When P.M.NEWS visited their office at New Oko Oba Police Division this morning, officers and men of the division were in sober mood.
The two slain officers were described as gentlemen but none of the policemen were in the mood to comment on the incident.
Contacted on phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, an aide directed our correspondent to call the Administrative Officer simply called Hilary because the PPRO was at a seminar. However, when contacted, Hilary said he was not in the position to speak.
He insisted we should reach out to the PPRO.