A trigger- happy policeman , who was said to be intoxicated while on duty, allegedly shot dead a teenager,
Hadijat Sikiru , in the Adamo area of Ikorodu , Lagos State, on Monday .
However , the Lagos State Police Command, through the Public Relations Officer , Bala Elkana , had said on Tuesday that a team of policemen exchanged gunfire with suspected cultists while on surveillance duty around Adamo, adding that in the process , Hadijat was hit by a stray bullet while two police personnel sustained injuries.
The story, however, took a new dimension on Wednesday when PUNCH Metro visited Adamo, as eyewitnesses , alleged that the police fabricated their statement to cover up what truly transpired.
One of the eyewitnesses , Tope Amusan , said the policeman , who fired the shot that killed Hadijat was intoxicated , adding that immediately he realised that the girl was dead , he fled the scene to escape being attacked by the angry mob that had gathered.
Amusan said , “When I read the police statement about what happened on the pages of newspapers , I was shocked because they churned out lies .
The police officer was responsible for the death of that young girl and their statement was fabricated to cover it up .
“ What actually happened was that around 5 pm on Monday , people were playing games underneath a tree around Adamo junction when the policemen came to eat at a food vendor’ s place around there.
One of the officers, who wore a jacket inscribed with the number 147 , came out of the food vendor’ s shop and fired a shot in the air
. This took everyone by surprise , because there was no imminent danger .
“ I saw him leaving towards the vehicle that he and his colleagues brought and about 15 minutes later , I heard three gunshots .
A woman, who is a food vendor, ran out and was screaming that the police had killed her daughter.
The woman held the policeman firmly but he managed to wriggle free , ran towards their vehicle and escaped. ”
Reports gather learnt that while some youths gave the fleeing police officers a hot chase as they drove towards Imota to evade the impending mob attack , others took to the street to protest the unjust killing of Hadijat .
The deceased ’ s mother, Janet , said her daughter was assisting her to cook when the policeman fired the shot that killed her , adding that when she called a neighbour , Remilekun , to help her apprehend the cop , he allegedly shot him in the hand before escaping .
Janet stated , “ One of my friends brought his car and advised that we take my daughter’ s corpse to the Imota Police Station , and when we got there, the police detained me and the people who helped me to take the corpse to the station .
“ Around 11pm , the police officers started begging me to get into their vehicle so that they could drop me at Adamo and I said I would not go anywhere until they release all those who assisted me to bring my daughter’ s corpse there.
“ They pleaded with me to leave and promised to release them and I agreed to leave .
The neighbour , who they shot , is at Igbobi , while the ones who assisted me are still in their custody as I speak to you .
I want justice .
I was told that the policemen responsible for the death of my daughter were from Ketu – Epe Police Station . ”