Lagos Police deny attacking Civil Defence officials

Ngozi Braide : Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,

The police denied that its officers shot any civil defence officer.

The Lagos State Police Command has denied claims that its officers attacked officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Wednesday.

In a press statement issued by Ngozi Braide, its spokesperson, the police said the civil defence officers disarmed police officers responding to a distress call over alleged petroleum pipeline vandalism at Mosimi.

“The Lagos State Command wishes to use this medium to put the record straight on what actually transpired at Isawo-Ikorodu at early hours of today 27/3/2013 between the NSCDC and the Police,” said the statement.

“At about 0145hrs of date, there was a distress call from DM security PPMC, Mosimi that they were experiencing drop in pressure on the pipeline. The Unit Commander in charge of Konu immediately pulled out his men on Konu axis under Inspr Sunday Gabriel to proceed to the scene.”

Ms. Braide said that as the police officers were approaching the scene, they heard sounds of “serious gun firing” near the pipeline area; and Mr. Gabriel instructed his men to head towards the direction.”

“Upon arrival, they saw a group of Civil Defence Corp Members coming out from the direction where the shooting was earlier heard,” Ms. Braid, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said.

“The NSCDC men challenged the policemen who were about four in number on what their mission was in the area; ‘saying that it was their sole responsibility (Civil Defence) to guide and protect pipelines,” she added.

An argument ensued thereafter, according to the police statement, and the most senior NSCDC officer, DSC Olufemi, ordered his men, numbering 14, to disarm, arrest and handcuff the police team leader and three other members of his team.

“The NSCDC succeeded in disarming the police team leader, Inspr Sunday Gabriel, handcuffed him, collected his service pistol, walkie-talkie, and police I.D card,” the statement continued.

“As they were about dragging him into one of their standby hilux vehicles, a phone call was put to the Police Unit Commander reporting the situation. The three other officers resisted the arrest and this infuriated Civil Defence Officials who started shooting sporadically to intimidate and subdue the Police officers.

“Before the Police Commander could arrive the scene, the NSCDC officials had taken to their heels abandoning the handcuffed and leg chained Police Inspector with one NSCDC personnel.”

Ms. Braide further said that afterwards, the Police Commander at Mosimi received a “shocking” call from the NSCDC Commander that two of his men had been killed.

“Up till now, the pistol of Inspr Sunday Gabriel, who was badly beaten and stabbed by the NSCDC officials, including his other accoutrements are still with NSCDC,” said Ms. Braide.

The police account of the incident differs from the NSCDC version which stated that one of the policemen they encountered said that the NSCDC had no right to operate in the pipeline area.

An argument ensued and the NSCDC officers left the police only to encounter a hail of bullets from a second team of police officers, an NSCDC source said.

The NSCDC account also said that the arrested pipeline vandals made several phone calls to the police and escaped after the police attack.

The police spokesperson added that the incident led to NSCDC officers at Alausa, Ikeja, assaulting three police officers – Sergeant Charles Igiebor, Corporal Ekun Julius, and Corporal Okoro Charles – who went for National I.D Card registration exercise, on Wednesday morning.

“They also started attacking Policemen on sight in other parts of the State,” she added.

Ms. Braide advised Lagos residents to remain calm as “investigation into the matter has commenced.”


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  • tegteg

    Ms SPPRO you are economical with the truth. You were not there and you are relaying what you are told. Haba! If even if its lies police will say its true. NSCDC get your acts together and appoint an Officer PRO. Police are always quick to react on issues like this

  • Bella

    So the ova at the top run away

  • Ovie

    They need orientation cos when d civil defence where given guns I foresee such clashes with d police who will always clash with every security aparatus in d country forgeting d role of other security outfits.

    • Truth

      Am sure you mean police needs orientation, because as you read, it’s all lies and it’s not well cooked self

  • Truth

    Police, I like to believe your story, but, if nscdc shot sPoradically how come no police died but two nscdc officers are dead? Can 3 officers resist arrest from a 14men armed squad? If what you said is true after disarming the team leader and other 3 men, who made the call? Woman look for a better lie. I believe other times that you have attacked and disarmed nscdc officers returning from operations, you also received distress call.

  • lude L/A USA

    The issue is glaring. The police spokesperson is telling a while lie. How come the NSCDC shot indiscriminately, yet it was their officers that were killed?

    This woman has no credibility. Was she not the one that fought her superior officer recently (a fellow female officer) over a parking space? It was widely reported that she is being “serviced” by powerful officers of the high command. Wonders shall never end!!!

  • Phemmy

    All cook and bull story and typical of the Police. The earlier Nigeria does something about the Nigeria Police the better for us all. The consequence of the insurgency we have in Nigeria is attributable to the police we have in this country.
    There are lots of GAPs in this story. It just does not connect.