Police attack Civil Defence officers, kill two, free pipeline vandals

NSCDC personnel

The civil defence officers had just raided a vandalism site when police officers opened fire on them.

Some officers of the Nigeria Police Force, Wednesday, allegedly attacked men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, at Ikorodu Lagos.

The civil defence officers were returning from a site of arrest of some pipeline vandals when the police officers opened fire on them, according to witnesses.

Witnesses put the time of the incident at between midnight and 3 a.m.

Two officers, identified as Gabriel Adaji and Innocent Akegbe, were killed while five others received severe gunshot wounds, according to a source at the NSCDC.

A witness said that the arrested vandals contacted some police officers who ambushed the Civil Defence officers and their prisoners.

“Immediately the police got wind of the information, they laid siege for the Corps and open fire on the NSCDC patrol vehicles killing two while others scampered for their dear lives with gunshot wounds as the vandals were released immediately by the police,” the witness said.

A source at the NSCDC corroborated the account, adding that an argument had ensued between the returning NSCDC officers and the team of police officers at a checkpoint along the Ikorodu expressway.

“One of the policemen said we (NSCDC) had no right to operate in the area,” the source said.

“The NSCDC men explained that it was their duty to protect all government facilities including oil pipelines.”

After the argument, the civil defence officers left the police checkpoint only to encounter a hail of bullets from another team of police officers, the NSCDC source added.

“The policemen opened fire on our men, killing two and injuring five. The policemen then fled.”

When contacted, a police officer who identified himself as the Deputy Police Spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES that he could not comment on the matter.

“You have to wait for the PRO, she is in a meeting. Call back in two hours,” he said.


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  • Sahfeeyah

    This is unbelievable! Oil pipelines vandalism is a syndicated thing afterall. The police is in on it as well is what this may mean. This is truly sad.

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  • Yusuf

    For God sake the police should better realise that the public have lost total confidence in them and they are regarded as thieves,as such they should consider that and allow other capable security agencies to do their work.I hate NPF with all my life.

  • anonymous

    NPF are heartless.I hate dem wt passion.I can’t allow my enemy 2 join dem nt 2 talk of my family members.

  • oga on top

    police should be screen for better nigeria, and flush out the bad head, let the ” oga at the top ” in civil defence go and refine police According to the source, “The wounded operatives of the corps have the needed evidence proving that the Wednesday morning attack on them was carried out by men and officers of the Nigeria Police, who under normal circumstances should give us their backing, as the army, navy and other good-hearted sister agencies, who hold the task of redeeming the economy of this great country from the hands of this dreaded saboteurs, do. SOS oh God.

  • omoo

    He who hate police is a pathological criminal

  • Lee

    What a shame. Dog eating dog. I believe the duty of the general security agents in the country is to protect law and order, most public facilities. This speaks volume on the high handedness of the Nigeria Police Force. Very unfortunate.