Riot cops in Lagos after killing

2010-12-06

Lagos – Riot police deployed to a district of Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos on Monday following protests over the alleged police killing of a man, authorities and residents said.

Armoured vehicles were stationed around the Onipanu police station while streets adjoining it were cordoned off following the protest on Sunday after the killing, residents said.

One of the protesters in the impoverished district, Abimbola Smith, alleged that a senior policeman “shot directly at him and killed him”.

Protesters said dozens of people took part in Sunday’s demonstration.

Lagos state police spokesperson Frank Mba told AFP that the accused officer had been detained but that details of the shooting were unclear.

The victim, identified as Femi Best, was “shot and fatally injured in front of Onipanu police station under circumstances yet to be determined. He died on the way to the hospital”, Mba said.

Best was driving in his car when he was shot dead, residents said.

Nigeria’s police have in the past faced accusations of extrajudicial killings and torture of suspects, which police officials deny.

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