Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested four suspects in for allegedly beating a policeman, Agada Akoh, to death.
The suspects are Jelili Ismaila (22), Amidu Bankole (34), Elijah Samson (36) and Moses Proboye (34).
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the deceased was beaten to death at Dalemo area of Sango Ota on Sunday 13th of September 2020, while he escorted his principal from Idah, Kogi State enroute Lagos.
He said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sango, Godwin Idehai, rushed to the scene with his team at 9.30pm when heard that some hoodlums had beaten the victim to a coma, and the four suspects were arrested.
He said the victim was in the pool of his blood.
Oyeyemi said the policeman was quickly rushed to the General Hospital, Ota for medical care but gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased officer and one other escorted their principal from Idah in Kogi State to Lagos State enroute Sango Ota, when one of the suspects drove a truck driver in a dangerous manner and almost push their vehicle off road.
Oyeyemi said while trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole as a result of which its tyre got punctured.
He said further “This made the two policemen to come down and cautioned the truck driver to always be mindful of other road users, but the driver accused them of being at fault, and he mobilised hoodlums who attacked the officers and their principal with dangerous weapons and beat 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 of 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.”
Oyeyemi said the remains of the deceased officer had been deposited at the General Hospital, Ota mortuary.
The commissioner of police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun who described the incident as barbaric and act of lawlessness has ordered a massive manhunt for the remaining suspects.
The CP has also directed that the suspects be transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for an indepth investigation and deligent prosecution.