We did not kill protesters in Ikorodu ─ Police

The police said on Sunday that it was not true that they killed three demonstrators on Saturday in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Ngozi Braide, told PUNCH Metro that nobody was shot during the unrest which saw motorists held in a traffic jam for hours.

The protest started on Baale Crescent, by Thomas Bus top, Ajegunle, Ikorodu on Saturday morning.

A witness, who identified himself as Imex, told our correspondent it all began after the police tried to arrest some hemp smokers in the area.

He said, “On Friday afternoon, the police were trying to arrest some hemp smokers in the area. The four of them jumped into the water. Only two of them came out, the two others were trapped in the water and there is no hope that they will come out alive.

“On Saturday, the hoodlums trooped out to protest against the raid. They started vandalising things on the Ikorodu Road and burning tyres as well.”

He said it was during this time that the police came in and began to shoot at the protesters.

One of the residents, who did not identify himself, confirmed that the police raided a black spot in the area where some hoodlums usually smoked hemp.

He claimed he was with them.

“We were actually smoking hemp in the afternoon when they came and started chasing us. Four people dived into the water; only two survived,” he said.

Three of the protesters were said to have been fell by police bullets.

But the police in its reaction said no life was lost.

Braide said, “The police did not shoot at anybody. On Friday, the Owode Onirin Police Division went on a raid. Some hoodlums, on sighting the police took to their heels. But two of them were said to have fallen into the canal as they were trying to evade arrest.

“On Saturday, some other hoodlums in the area converged on the station and started fomenting trouble. They threatened to burn it down. But the police were able to stop them. No life was lost. What the police did was to stop them from burning the station.”

She added that 25 of the hoodlums were arrested and had been transferred to the police headquarters.

She said the fate of the two men who fell into the canal had also yet to be ascertained.

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