A 23-year-old apprentice tailor identified as Jamiu Ayoade, has been allegedly shot dead by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Ijesha Police Station, identified as Muhammed Yakubu, in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State.
According to reports, the young victim had gone to a neighbouring street to attend a birthday party of a friend, Abubakar Animashaun, at about 4pm on Sunday. The DPO and his men went on surveillance to the venue around 5pm, and left a few minutes after they were told of what the event was all about.
It was gathered that about 2 hours later, the team of the Police operatives was said to have returned to the area in a van, announcing their presence with blaring of sirens and gunshots, which scared away the fun seekers.
The DPO reportedly followed some people, including Jamiu, who ran to safety in a building. He was said to have shot Jamiu at a close range with his service pistol.
While speaking to a correspondent, an eyewitness who claimed to be the brother of the birthday boy, Jelili Bakare, said that the policemen fled the scene immediately Jamiu was hit by a bullet.
He said, “Around 7:30pm, I was sitting with my friends outside when I heard the blaring of police sirens. The van stopped some distance to the venue of the party and some policemen, led by the DPO, came out and started shooting. People ran helter-skelter. Many people fell into a gutter.
“The DPO brought out a pistol and chased some people into a passage. He shot twice at them. A bullet hit Jamiu in the head, while another person, Akeem, was shot in the hand. Immediately they saw the harm they had caused, they entered their van and fled. We went to the Ijesha Police Station, but we were not allowed to make a report. We then went to the Itire Police Division, but we were directed back to the Ijesha division.