CITIZENS COMPASS– A police Inspector, Monday Orukpe has reportedly died from injuries he sustained after soldiers from the Ojo Military Cantonment, Lagos State beat him to a pulp.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, on Lagos/Badagry Expressway.
Monday Orukpe, who was reportedly abducted alongside another police personnel died the following day at the military hospital.
It was learned that the soldiers were riding in a Military bus, on the expressway when they noticed the usual gridlock near CCC gate.
On noticing this, two of them were said to have jumped on motor bikes and rode to where some policemen were controlling traffic.
It was learnt that they ordered the personnel to clear the traffic but the latter said it was impossible to clear it as the road was heavily congested.
Citizens Compass learnt that this angered both soldiers who pounced on the policemen abducting them into their bus and drove straight to Ojo Cantonment.
It was gathered that before they left the scene, the third policeman was to be abducted but that he fired gunshots into the air to scare the soldiers who retreated from the scene and this paved the way for the policeman to escape unhurt.
Narrating the incident, to a police source saud, “due to the severe torture, an Inspector of Police fainted and went into comma, prompting the soldiers to rush him to a Military Hospital where Inspector Monday Orukpe died.
The source said: “We have recovered the corpse and efforts are being made to release the second officer who is also receiving treatment in their hospital. The soldiers carted away the police rifles.”
However, the Nigerian Army led by Brigadier-Generals KN Nwoko, ML Abubakar and IE Akpaumontia paid a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Abiodun Alabi, over the unfortunate death of a Police Inspector attacked by soldiers in Lagos on Friday morning at the state police command Ikeja.
In a statement made available to Citizens Compass, Olaniyi Osoba Major, Acting Deputy Director 81 Division Public Relations said, “the attention of the 81 Division has been drawn to a story online over the unfortunate incident that occurred between some soldiers and policemen around Ojo in Lagos
resulting in the loss of the life of a police officer.
“The Division is already in touch with the Lagos State Police Command to resolve the matter.
This incident is highly regrettable given the Division’s disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct.
“Accordingly, the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions.
“Consequently, the Division wishes to commiserate with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the victim.”