- Residents of Eletu Odibo Street, Abule- Ijesha inYaba, Lagos state have narrated how a youth leader was shot by an official of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad
- The residents said Number One was shot on his arm during an altercation with the official
- Some of the residents attempted a mob action on the SARS operatives who drove away in a black bus
A youth leader in Lagos state has been shot by an official of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Punch reports.
The victim popularly known as Number One is the leader of some area boys in Eletu Odibo Street, Abule- Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos state.
Residents of the area said the incident prompted residents to protest the presence of the operatives in the area.
Also, some residents were seen in a video throwing stones in an attempt to mob the SARS operatives who drove away in a black bus.
It was gathered that the mob also staged a protest at the Sabo police station, Lagos state.
One of the residents, Daniel said, the SARS official had an altercation with Number One on the said day.
Daniel, a commercial motorcyclist said the police officer was cockiing his gun when a bullet was discharged and accidentally hit the youth leader.
“There was a disagreement between the SARS policemen and the area boys. As one of the policemen was cocking his gun, it suddenly fired and the bullet hit Number One in the arm; it was not intentional.
"It happened on Thursday morning. All the area boys mobilised and went to the Sabo Police Station on motorcycles to protest. But I do not know the outcome of the protest," Daniel said.
Also a petty trader said she learnt about the shooting when she arrived at her shop on Friday, December 1.
The woman said: "I was not at my shop on that day. It was when I got to the shop the following day that people told me some SARS operatives came and that Number One was shot. If you want to know more, meet his men.”
However, one of the men of the group which Number One leads, said: "He was shot by the police. That is all I can tell you."
But in a reaction to the incident, the Lagos state police command spokesperson, Chike Oti, said the allegation against the security operatives is "a ruse".
Oti said the incident was never reported to the police.
He said: “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos state command, Acting CP Edgal Imohimi, wishes to assure the general public that such an event did not happen in Yaba or in any part of the state. Also, it was not reported at any police formation within the Lagos state police command.
“The Divisional Police Officers in charge of Yaba and Adekunle police stations, in whose areas the shooting purportedly took place, have jointly debunked the allegation as a ruse."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force arrested the man behind the #ENDSARSNOW campaign, Segun Awosanya.
The police accused Awosanya of being paid by politicians to lead the protest which has gathered momentum among Nigerians and some leaders including governors and senators.
The police in its allegation said Awosanya has connections to politicians and his activities are not genuine. The force also pointed a picture of Awosanya with Yakubu Dogara, other politicians as one of their reason for doubting his call to end SARS isn't politically sponsored.
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