Police arrest, dismiss officer who shot fan dead at Wizkid’s show

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By David Olalekan.

A police sergeant, Lukmon Akanbi has been arrested and dismissed by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing one Ramon Babatunde at the StarboyFest concert on Friday.

According to reports, Babatunde was allegedly shot dead by the cop in the early hours of Friday after a heated argument.

The victim was said to have been rushed to the Naval Dockyard Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

A video of the incident which occured around Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos has gone viral on the internet.

In his reaction, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Bala Elkana, disclosed in a statement that Sergeant Akanbi was found guilty in an orderly room trial of all the charges and awarded punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria Police.

His statement read: “Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, psc has ordered the arrest of F/No 448407 Sgt Lukmon Akanbi attached to Victoria Island Police Station over the shooting of one Ramon Babatunde Adeniyi ‘m’ 39 years old of campus area Lagos island.

“The incident was said to have happened on 27/12/2019 at about 0420 around Eko Atlantic Victoria Island, Lagos during a fracas between the Police Officer who was on patrol in the area and the victim who was returning from an event.

“The Police Officer was said to have pulled the trigger of his pistol on the unarmed civilian, which fall short of professional standards on the use of Firearms.

“The victim was rushed to Naval Dockyard Hospital and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The Sergeant was found guilty in an orderly room trial of all the charges and awarded punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria Police.

“He is handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba for prosecution in conventional Court.”

The statement further noted that Supervisory Officers of erring policemen will henceforth be held liable for the misconduct of their men.

It added that no case of professional misconduct, human rights violations and abuse of powers by police officers will be tolerated.

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