Army probes killing of police Inspector by soldiers over traffic gridlock in Lagos

The Nigerian Army’s 81 Division has responded to claims that several troops tortured and killed a police officer, Inspector Monday Orukpe, on Wednesday, August 3, due to a dispute over a traffic jam on the Lagos/Badagry Expressway.

On the way to the Military Ordinance school in Ojo, some soldiers are said to have assaulted some police officers in charge of controlling traffic on the Lagos-Badagry expressway. LIB had previously reported this incident. According to reports, the military officers attacked the cops for causing their coastal bus to remain in traffic. They are accused of assaulting the police, which resulted in the death of Inspector Monday Orukpe, one of the officers.

In a statement released today August 5, the Nigerian Army 81 Division Acting Deputy Director, Public Relations, Major Olaniyi Osoba, commiserated with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the victim. He stated that the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.

He said that at the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions. The statement reads;

”The attention of the 81 Division has been drawn to a story online over the  unfortunate incident that occurred between some soldiers and policemen around Ojo in Lagos resulting in the loss of the life of a police officer. 

The Division is already in touch with the Lagos State Police Command to resolve the matter . This incident  is highly regrettable given the Division’s disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct.


 Accordingly, the Division has instituted a Board of Inquiry to unravel the circumstance surrounding  the unfortunate incident 

At the end of the investigation, anyone found culpable  will be made to face the full wrath of the disciplinary provisions..

Consequently, the Division wishes to commiserate with the Ojo Police Division and members of the family of the victim.”

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