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Lagos: One Injured During Mob Attack, Police Reacts

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One person sustained a fatal injury on Tuesday as policemen of Okokomaiko Division tried to effect an arrest at Alaba Rago Market in Lagos.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this via the micro blogging platform, Twitter on Tuesday, where he said that the victim was injured when one of the policemen fired his weapon while trying to tactical retreat from the armed mob attack.

Hundeyin informed that a detailed investigation has commenced into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

“Policemen of Okokomaiko Division today went into Alaba Rago Market to effect arrest of a suspect, but came under heavy attack from a large number of traders,” he said via his verified Twitter handle @BenHundeyin.

“In a bid to tactically retreat from the armed mob attack, one of the officers fired his weapon, resulting in fatal injury to one of the attackers,” Hundeyin added.

Mob Burn Down Police Station

Meanwhile, a mob in Kaffin-Koro, Paikoro local government area of Niger State reportedly burnt down a police station on Tuesday in protest against the killing of a Catholic Priest, Rev Father Isaac Achi.

Naija News recalls that the Priest in charge of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church in the area was gruesomely murdered last weekend when gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed his residence.

Reports had it that Fr. Achi was burnt to death during the attack which happened on Sunday morning.

Many hours after the incident, some youths who were said to be angered by the ‘lackadaisical attitude of the policemen in the area, stormed the police outpost today and set it ablaze.

It was reported that the protesters also burnt some cars and houses as some persons even sustained various degrees of injuries.

Confirming the chaotic situation in the area, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Emmanuel Bagna Umar, told reporters on Tuesday that though, the state government is pained by the killing of the Priest, nobody has the right to take laws into his or her hand for whatever reason.

Chukwuani Victoria is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist who's passionate about storytelling with years of experience in the industry. She holds a BSC in Biology and also obtained a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos. She likes to read, research, hang out with her friends and play scrabbles.