Lagos CP regrets murder of teenager by stray bullet fired by sergeant

The officer responsible has already been arrested and detained.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, says the Force regrets the unfortunate incident that led to the death of a teenage girl last week.

Monsurat Ojuade was shot dead by police officers who were reportedly chasing suspected robbers in the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos late on Friday, September 10, 2021.

The Lagos Police Command stated in a statement that the 18-year-old was hit by a stray bullet.

When he visited the deceased’s family on Monday, September 13, 2021, Odumosu presented a letter of condolence on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.

He said the officer that fired the bullet, identified as Sergeant Samuel Phillips, has already been arrested and detained.

The suspect will undergo orderly room trial, and face possible prosecution if dismissed from the Force.

Police shootings of citizens are rampant in Nigeria, and prosecution of offenders drag for years in the court system.

Historic nationwide protests against years of police brutality last year were met with force that led to the extra-judicial murder of some, but no culprits have been identified by the Police in many of the cases.

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