The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed Lukmon Akanbi, a sergeant, who killed a Babatunde Adeniji, a concertgoer, who attended Starboy Fest, a concert organised by popular musician, Wizkid.
This was made known in a statement issued by Bala Elkana, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, on Friday.
According to reports, Adeniji was gunned down by Akanbi after a heated argument outside the premises of Eko Atlantic Energy City, Victoria Island, venue of the concert at about 4:20am on Friday.
It was learnt that some good samaritans rushed the 39-year-old Akanbi to the Naval Dockyard Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Clips of the incident immediately went viral on social media with Nigerians demanding justice for the deceased.
The police statement explained that Hakeem Odumosu, the state Commissioner of Police, ordered the arrest of Akanbi and subjected him to orderly room trial.
The statement read: “The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the arrest of Sergeant Lukmon Akanbi, F/No 448407, attached to the Victoria Island Police Station over the shooting of one Ramon Adeniyi, 39. The incident happened on Friday, December 27, 2019, around 4.20am, around Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“There was a fracas between the police officer who was on patrol in the area and the victim who was returning from an event. The 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 the Naval Dockyard Hospital and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. The police sergeant was arrested and detained at the Provost Department, Command Headquarters, Ikeja. He was subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as orderly room trials.”
Elkana said Akanbi was found guilty of all the charges and dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force, adding that Akanbi had been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for prosecution in a conventional court.
“He was arraigned before the adjudicating officer on three counts of discreditable conduct contrary to paragraph E (3) first schedule, unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to paragraph Q (2), and damage to articles contrary to paragraph D (1), Police Act and Regulations, Cap 370 LFN 1990.
“The sergeant was found guilty of all the charges and awarded punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria Police. He was handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for prosecution in a conventional court. The command condemned the unprofessional conduct of the dismissed sergeant. The Commissioner of Police condoles with family and friends of the deceased person and assured them that justice would prevail,” the statement read.
The statement noted that supervisory officers of erring policemen would henceforth be held vicariously liable for the misconduct of the men under them, noting that such move was part of the measures by the CP to curb incidents of professional misconduct.
“Thee CP vowed that no case of professional misconduct, human rights violations and abuse of powers by police officers would be tolerated,” he added.