A 25-year-old motorcycle electrician, identified as Akeem Akinsanya, is the latest victim of indiscriminate shooting by officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Akinsanya was killed after he was hit by a bullet shot by an officer of the Zonal Intervention Squad of Zone 2 Police Command at Iyana Coker area of Ifo, a market community on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Sunday, April 21, 2019, according to a report by Premium Times.
The officers opened fired at the bus stop in Ogun State, around 4:30 pm, after they arrested another man reportedly for possession of firearms. The shots were believed to have been fired to disperse a crowd that had gathered to demand to know why the suspect was being arrested.
Many others are believed to have been injured from the stampede that resulted from the shooting that took Akinsanya’s life.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, told Premium Times that the officers have been arrested and under investigation.
“They are from Zonal Intervention Squad, but I have ordered that they should be arrested in Ifo and brought to Abeokuta for disciplinary action,” he said.