The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three individuals whose identities have not been disclosed as a result of an incident where a drunken hunter unintentionally shot and killed a 14-year-old girl.
A resident named James Joel informed PUNCH Metro about the incident, which occurred on Tuesday night in the Ayinla Akera area of Orile Agege, Lagos. The details surrounding the tragic event were still unclear at the time of this report.
A video from the scene depicted the girl lying in a pool of blood while residents lamented. In the background, some voices suggested that the incident involved policemen from the Elere Police Station in the area.
“Policemen from Elere; they have killed somebody,” one voice was heard saying in the video. “If this turns to war, they will run,” another person remarked. “She was sent on an errand and she was killed,” a voice in the video added.
However, when contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Elere Station, Amodu Jimoh, refuted the report that linked policemen to the incident.
But while confirming the incident, the DPO stated, “On Tuesday night, our men were patrolling. The policemen saw some people crowded on the street there. They tried to find out what was happening. They were told somebody shot at a small girl.”
“They saw the corpse on the ground. It was a 14-year-old girl. They asked for the person that shot her. They were told it was a hunter carrying a Dane gun. He was drunk. There is a woman selling alcoholic drink beside the place.”
“Maybe he was about to remove something and the gun fired. He came with a bike and it was likely an accidental discharge.”
The DPO further mentioned that the girl’s body was taken to a nearby hospital, and the police had traced the woman who operated the shop where the man had been drinking.