Lagos Police Identify Officer in Fatal Shooting at Fuel Station

Lagos police identify officer who shot 27-year-old Toheeb Eniafe dead at a petrol station during a chaotic fuel queue scene. The incident sparked outrage, with a mob setting two security vans on fire, and the police have assured the public that justice will be served.

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Lagos Police Identify Officer in Fatal Shooting at Fuel Station

Lagos Police Identify Officer in Fatal Shooting at Fuel Station

The Lagos State Police Command has identified the police officer responsible for the tragic shooting death of 27-year-old Toheeb Eniafe at a petrol station in the Obalende area of Lagos on Wednesday. The incident occurred during a chaotic scene at the fuel queue, where Eniafe was shot while resisting security agents who attempted to buy fuel without joining the line.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the need for accountability and reform within the security forces, and it underscores the urgent need to address thefuel scarcity crisis that is causing tensions to rise across the city. If left unchecked, these issues can lead to further violence and erode trust in the authorities.

According to Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin, "The person behind the shooting has been identified as a police officer serving at Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 17, Lion Building, Lagos." The officer's name has not been disclosed since the investigation is still ongoing.

Eyewitnesses at the scene described a tense situation that quickly escalated. Two individuals, suspected to be security operatives, drove into the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited petrol station and attempted to purchase fuel without joining the long queue. This sparked an argument with Eniafe and other motorists who had been waiting in line for hours.

Witness Mr. Amos Ayo stated, "They are men of the DSS. They came to the scene to buy fuel but refused to join the queue." He further recounted, "One of them was so impatient. He slapped Toheeb and he retaliated with more words. Before we could know it, we heard gunshots and Toheeb fell to the ground."

The shooting sparked outrage among the crowd, leading to a mob setting two security vans on fire in retaliation. The police have taken Eniafe's body to the morgue for investigation and a possible autopsy.

While the police have identified the shooter as one of their own, the Department of State Services (DSS) has denied any involvement. DSS spokesman Peter Afunnaya stated, "It is not true (that a DSS officer shot Toheeb). Kindly deepen your investigations to uncover the truth. No single DSS staff was involved in the matter."

The Lagos State Police Command has assured the public that justice will be served. "Investigation is still ongoing and further findings will be made available," said SP Hundeyin. "Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command is working with the family of the deceased to ensure that there is no miscarriage of justice."

This tragic incident highlights the ongoing issues of security force misconduct and the fuel scarcity crisis gripping Lagos. With tensions running high at petrol stations across the city as a result of long queues and extended wait times, the risk of confrontations and violence remains a serious concern. The Lagos State Government and security agencies must take decisive action to address these problems and restore public trust through thorough investigations, accountability for those responsible, and measures to prevent future occurrences.

The investigation into the death of Toheeb Eniafe continues, and the community mourns the loss of a young life, demanding answers. SP Hundeyin emphasized, "We will keep interrogating them and at the end, if found wanting, they will be prosecuted."

Key Takeaways

  • Lagos police identify officer who shot 27-year-old Toheeb Eniafe dead at fuel station.
  • Eniafe was shot while resisting security agents who cut in fuel queue.
  • Incident sparks outrage, mob sets two security vans on fire.
  • Police assure justice will be served, investigation ongoing.
  • DSS denies involvement, Lagos State Government urged to address fuel scarcity crisis.