Residents fault police for arresting guard for killing thief

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Some residents of Orisunmibare Street in the Shasha area of Lagos State have faulted the police for arresting a security guard , Ado Abdullahi , for beating a suspected thief to death .

They stated that the deceased had been terrorising the community for a while and that his death was a victory not only for the security guard , but for all the residents of the area .

A resident, who identified himself simply as Tunde, said he was surprised that the police arrested the security guard .

He stated that many residents had lost personal belongings to the thief .

Tunde stated , “We are not comfortable with the manner in which the police are handling the issue. First , the guard was arrested by cops from the Shasha Police Station and was later transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department .

“ Right now , we can ’ t tell what they are doing with him at the SCIID , Yaba . Abdullahi did not do anything wrong by protecting himself and those he was paid to protect.

“ Suppose the thief was able to overpower him , kill him and leave with the stolen property , what would the police have said ? I don’ t see a good reason why the man is still being held by the police . ” he said .

Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity , said the way the police were treating cases involving suspected armed robbers , cultists and kidnappers was encouraging youths to go into crime .

He said , “ I won ’ t say much .

This particular guy, whom the guard was able to bring down , had been a terror in this area .

“ Many of us were living in fear because he could strike with other members of his gang anytime they liked.

“We often read about the police killing armed robbery suspects .

How many of these policemen have been arrested and jailed ?

There is no difference between what happened in this instance and those by the police .

Sometimes , one needs to act in self – defence to avoid being killed . ”

When contacted , the telephone of the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana , rang out.

He had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile telephone line as of the time of filing this story.

But the Deputy Commissioner of Police , SCIID , Yetunde Longe , said the matter was being handled by the Homicide Section of the department .

She stated that the deceased was not a robber , but happened to be at the place at the wrong time , adding that Abdullahi hit the deceased on the head with a baton .

Longe said Abdullahi would be charged for murder in accordance with his confessional statement .

She stated, “ It was one security guard , who saw the deceased , accosted him and hit him with a big baton , which led to his death .

Nobody had ever raised any suspicion about him ; he only happened to be seen at an odd hour .

“ We will arraign Abdullahi this week . It is a case of murder, which has been established . ”

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