Lagos CP orders posthumous trial of killer FSARS operative

Imohimi Edgal Lagos police commissioner Imohimi Edgal

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal has ordered the posthumous trial of Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Inspector Olonade on Wednesday shot dead Rotimi Adeyemo, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASMTA) in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.

The LASTMA official had reportedly confronted the policeman for allegedly contravening the state traffic law.

Angered by this, the FSARS operative entered his car and brought out a gun with which he killed the victim.

Lagos police spokesperson Chike Oti said residents who witnessed the incident thought Olonade was an armed robber as he was dressed casually and mobbed him.

He said: “On November 28, around 6pm, the driver of a Toyota Highlander SUV, with registration number LSR 277 BJ, later identified as Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade, attached to FSARS Ikeja while driving along Iyana-Ipaja Road, was contravened for driving against traffic by a LASTMA official, one Rotimi Adeyemi, aged 46 years at Iyana-Ipaja Roundabout.

“The two men vehemently disagreed with each other. However, during the altercation, the said Inspector Olukunle Olonade allegedly shot the LASTMA officer to death.

“Consequently, an irate mob, who thought that the shooter was an armed hoodlum because he was in mufti, descended on him and beat him to stupor.

“Although he was later rescued by teams of policemen drafted to the scene, he later gave up the ghost while being rushed to a hospital for treatment.

“The serial number of the pistol recovered at the scene was checked in the system and it revealed the bearer as Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja.

“The CP Lagos has directed that the late Inspector Olakunle Olonade be tried.”