Fatai Owoseni, commissioner of police for Lagos, has apologized to the public over the killing by a policeman of a petrol tanker driver in the Apapa area of the state.
“It was an unfortunate incident. Like we said before, the policeman in question has been taken into custody and currently being guarded in the hospital because he was stabbed”, Owoseni said on Thursday.
“As of this morning, he was taken to the theatre for surgery. That notwithstanding, the provisions of extant regulations of the police would be applied in dealing with the situation.
“Without justifying their actions, I think the reaction from the drivers was as a result of bottled up anger. Some of them left their families to load at the port with expectation to return within two days, only to spend one week there.
“But that does not mean they should take laws into their hands. What they did was brazen lawlessness. We appeal to the public that when things happen like that, the rule of law should be allowed to take its course.
“The police are at the forefront of cleansing institutional rot and we would continue to do that. No policeman is given a gun to shoot at will. That officer is not one of us. He acted on his capacity as an individual, not for the police.
“The Inspector General of Police IG, Ibrahim Idris, has been very clear on this. He abhors lawlessness and has zero tolerance for cops who do not keep to the tenets of standard policing.
“I apologise to the public for the act of misconduct exhibited by that policeman. We would continue to ensure training and retraining of our personnel so that they discharge their responsibilities within the ambit of the law,” he further stated.
The culpable anti-riot policeman, a non-commissioned officer attached to a branch of Sterling Bank shot dead the truck driver for blocking the bank’s entrance.
The killer cop, who was stabbed by the irate colleagues of the slain driver, claimed he acted in self-defence.