Runaway soldiers kill policeman, injure DPO



The police in Lagos on Saturday arrested two runaway soldiers for allegedly killing a policeman, Sgt. Onalaja Olajide, attached to Ilemba Hausa Division on May 10, 2020 around 9.40pm.

They had organised a gun attack on the station, during which the DPO and the sergeant were hit.

While the DPO survived, the sergeant who was the station guard, died.

Spokesman for the command, DSP Bala Elkanah, said in a statement on Sunday that the incident occured after policemen from the division arrested one of the fake soldiers, Kehinde Elijah “m” 45 years old of Ibiyeye Street, Whitehouse Bus Stop Okokomaiko.

Elkanah said the suspect had been on the wanted list along with two others for violent crimes.

“Four pairs of military fatigues were recovered from his house. He claimed to have deserted the military in 2015 when he was deployed to the North-East to fight insurgency. He has been in Ojo area since then, where he has been terrorising members of the public.

“The second suspect, Ezeh Frank Joseph “m” was arrested in his apartment at Imude Pako Area, Era road, Ajangbadi on 17/5/2020 at about 0600 hours . He claimed to have deserted the military while undergoing basic military training.

“They were arrested in respect of the shooting and killing of Police Sergeant Onalaja Onajide attached to Ilemba Hausa Division. The shooting incident happened on 10/5/2020 at about 2140hours, when unknown gunmen fired gunshots at the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa and the Station Guard, Sergeant Onalaja Onajide. The DPO survived the gunshots but the Station Guard died from the pellets wound.

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“Investigation led to the arrest of the two. The first suspect was earlier at the station to solicit the release of his motorcycle which was impounded by the Police for violating the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles.

“Not happy with the DPO’s refusal to release the motorcycle to him, he decided to launch the deadly attack. Investigation is ongoing. The suspects will soon be charged to court.”