Gunmen shoot Policeman at Lagos airport
Two gunmen riding on a motor bike Thursday shot a policeman putting on plain clothes “Mufti “, along the Murtala Muahmmed International Airport access toll plaza, Lagos.
The gunmen men, who were on a power bike drove speedily toward the Ikeja axis of the airport leaving the policeman attached to Hajj Camp Police Station in the pool of his blood.
As at the time of the shooting, it could not be ascertain what led to the action of the gunmen.
An eye-witness, Dr. Alex-Okoh who was at the scene of the shooting said the policeman was walking toward the access gate at about 3:00pm when two men on a power bike accosted and shot him before speeding towards Ikeja, axis of the metropolis .
Dr. Okoh, a Port Health Public Health Service, a Department of Federal Ministry of Health said that she was inside an Ambulance vehicle when she saw people running helter skelter as a result of the shooting.
She said; “I was inside an Ambulance when I saw people running helter skelter. When I came down from the Ambulance I saw a man lying in his pool of blood.”
Dr. Okoh said immediately the she saw the policeman in the pool of his blood, she ordered the driver of the Ambulance to take him to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja for treatment.
According to her, “I immediately ordered the driver of the Ambulance to take the shot Policeman to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja for treatment”.
She however denied knowledge of what led to the shooting.
Some policemen on duty who declined to give their names confirmed the incident and said they were waiting for the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) as he is the only one that is permitted to speak on the incident.
They said the DPO would report the incident of the shooting to the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command.
Meanwhile Police Public Relations Officer at the airport, Mr. Dennis Ifijeh said that he was not aware of the shooting. He said he will investigate.
In a related development, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), it was learnt is collaborating with the police to investigate the circumstances leading to the shooting of a policeman around the airport.
According to a source, investigations are on going to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the incident.
Though details of the incident are not yet clear, the policeman, the source said is receiving treatment from gunshot wounds at an undisclosed hospital around the airport.
The source said:” We are still investigating the incident; the police is on top of the situation.
We can categorically state that the incident did not happen around any operational area around the airport.
“The incident did not disrupt any activity around the airport. The situation is under control. The police are doing their best. Motor bikes have been banned around the airport. Arising from these incident security agencies, it was learnt will now zero in on the activities of motor bike riders and operators around the airport.”