Badagry - The youths in
Badagry, Lagos State, on Friday violently protested the alleged killing of one
Mr Joshua Sewuji by an unidentified policeman from the Badagry Police Division.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that protesters
resorted to damaging and burning police posts and tyres on the roads to prevent
easy movement around the town.
The protesting youths carried different placards some of
which read: "Enough is Enough of This Police Brutality’’, "We Are Tired of
Police Killing People’’ and "No More Extortion From the Police’’ among others.
NAN reports that some police traffic wardens were also
assaulted by the irate youths.
It took the timely intervention of the Nigerian Army from
Topo and Ibereko Barracks to prevent the violence from escalating.
Soldiers were placed at different strategic locations in the town to prevent
further breakdown of law and order.
A NAN correspondent covering the protest learnt that the
incident happened near the palace of the Akran of Badagry at about 10 p.m. on
Thursday (Dec. 3).
There were two different accounts of the incident which led
to the death of the victim.
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Mr Yemi Akande, who claimed to have witnessed to the
incident, told NAN that some boys were just relaxing when some policemen came
to arrest them.
"Around past 10 p.m. last night, some boys were just
talking and eating when policemen on night patrol came to arrest them for no
"The victim challenged them, asking to know the reason for
their arrest and one of the policemen just shot the boy in stomach and he died
"As soon as they saw that he was dead, they ran away in
their vehicles,’’ he said.
Another eyewitness account by a man who simply identified
himself as Idowu, said the policemen came and shot at the gathering of people.
"Some people were gathered near the palace when the
policemen on night patrol just came and shot at the gathering which resulted in
the death of the deceased.
"The policemen in the area are fond of harassing the youths
and extorting money from people, we have had more than enough of police
harassment,’’ he said.
A senior police officer at the Police Divisional
Headquarters in Badagry, Area K Police Station, told NAN on condition of
anonymity that the officer who was involved had been arrested.
The source which pleaded anonymity, also said that the
policeman had been transferred to the State CID, Panti for further
The source said that the officer involved would face the
full wrath of the law if found guilty.