Police officers responding to distress call attack victims
Shot banker, Femi Badejo; inset Commissioner of Police of Lagos command and bullets from victims
The police was called to rescue robbery victims. When they arrived they shot everything else but the robbers.
An employee of Access Bank Plc, Femi Badejo, and his security guard, Joshua Moses, were shot by police officers responding to distress call in the banker’s home in Lagos on Saturday.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers had attacked Badejo and his neighbours around 4am and one of the neighbours made a distress call to the police, but by the time the policemen arrived about an hour later, the robbers had fled.
Badejo said he and his neighbours were in the compound discussing what had transpired, long after the robbers had left, when the police officer stormed the building and started shooting sporadically.
“We (neighbours) were all inside the compound counting our losses when we heard a bang on the gate. Immediately the security guard opened, one of the police officer started shooting
indiscriminately. Badejo said he was hit five times.
The bullets rained on Mr Badejo while he was dodging bullets under a car, “…the police officer came to where I was and started shooting at me,” he said.
Another police officer came behind me and shot. The first shot came through my feet and fractured my leg. Two shots grazed my thighs. Another shot went through my biceps and came out, while one went through my wrist.
He is currently receiving treatment at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island.
The security guard in his apartment was shot in the pelvis and in the back and a bullet pierced through his chest.
The guard is in a critical condition as doctors of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital are battling to safe his life.
The Lagos police Command believes the banker and his guard must have been shot before the police got to the scene as one of them was found hiding under a vehicle contrary to previous reports.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told punch that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, had ordered an investigation into the incident.
She said, “When I spoke with the area commander on Sunday, he said after they received the distress call, a team was sent there and they met the banker lying under the vehicle.
“I think they must have thought he was one of the robbers because as the team was coming, someone within the house was telling them that the robbers were still in the compound. They then shot him but they
met the security guard already shot.”
Culled from PUNCH