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Lagos police: Officer behind shooting at a birthday party was off-duty

Lagos police: Officer behind shooting at a birthday party was off-duty
April 27
14:14 2022

The Lagos state police command says the police officer who shot dead two men at a birthday party did not attend the event in an official capacity.

TheCable had reported how a police officer shot dead two persons at a birthday party at La Silva hotel, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, on Sunday night.

The police officer, who was said to be drunk, accidentally shot at those dancing and spraying money at the party, while attempting to shoot in the air.

Giving an update on the matter, Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday, identified the police officer in question as Mohammed Hussini, an inspector.

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Hundeyin disclosed that efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing birthday celebrant and that the officer is expected to surrender himself soon.

“On Sunday April 24, 2022 at about 2100hrs, a shooting incident occurred at La Silver Bar, Egbeda which resulted in the death of two persons and injuries to others,” the Lagos police spokesperson said.

“Upon receipt of the information, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, ordered an immediate full-scale investigation into circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

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“While investigation is ongoing, findings so far reveal that the shooting was accidental and involved an off-duty police officer, Inspector Mohammed Hussini, serving at the State Headquarters, Ikeja.

“Findings equally reveal that the off-duty officer is a friend of the celebrant, Ifeanyi aka Obama and was not at the party in any official capacity.

“Efforts are currently being intensified to apprehend the fleeing birthday celebrant while the officer involved is expected to turn himself in anytime soon.”

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