The Police in Ogun State have arrested four men in connection with the death of a policeman, constable Agada Akoh, who was beaten to death in Dalemo area of Sango Ota on September 13, 2020.
The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated this in a statement on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the all male suspects: Jelili Ismaila, 22; Amidu Bankole, 34; Elijah Samson, 36; and Moses Proboye, 34, were apprehended following information received by the police at Sango Division at about 9:30pm that a policeman has been beaten to coma by some hoodlums at Dalemo Bus Stop.
Following the information, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Godwin Idehai, quickly led his men to the scene, where he met the policeman in the pool of his own blood.
The officer was quickly rushed to the General Hospital, Ota for medical care, but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased officer and one other escorted their principal from Idah in Kogi State to Lagos State.
While passing through Sango Ota, a truck driver, Jelili Ismaila, allegedly drove dangerously and almost pushed their vehicle off road.
While trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole, as a result of which its tyre got punctured.
This made the two policemen to come down and caution the truck driver to always be mindful of other road users, but the driver accused them of been at fault, and then mobilised hoodlums who attacked them and their principal with dangerous weapons, beating the deceased to coma.
Having realised that the policeman may not survive the attack, the driver and his hired hoodlums took to their heels, but luck ran out on four of them when the DPO and his men on a tip off stormed their hideout and got them arrested, while the other four escaped.
The remains of the deceased officer had been deposited at the General Hospital, Ota mortuary.
The Command’s Commissioner, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who described the incident as barbaric and an act of lawlessness, has ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining suspects.
Ajogun also warned that unwarranted attacks on his men remain unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
He directed that the arrested suspects be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for in-depth investigation and diligent prosecution.