Lagos Police Investigate Death of Anosikwa Patrick, Allegedly Stabbed by Inspector at Skymall Shopping Mall

Police officer allegedly stabs man to death in Lagos mall, sparking investigation into police brutality and misconduct in Nigeria.

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Lagos Police Investigate Death of Anosikwa Patrick, Allegedly Stabbed by Inspector at Skymall Shopping Mall

Lagos Police Investigate Death of Anosikwa Patrick, Allegedly Stabbed by Inspector at Skymall Shopping Mall

The police Lagos State Police Command has initiated an inquiry into the death of Anosikwa Patrick, who was purportedly stabbed by a police officer, Inspector Taofeek, at the Skymall Shopping Mall in Ajah on April 20, 2024. The police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, verified the incident and stated that the mall manager and chief security officer are in custody to assist with the ongoing investigation.

According to reports, the incident was brought to the attention of the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, by an X user named NotMentus, who claimed that his brother was stabbed to death by a police officer attached to the Skymall, and that the officer and his colleague are currently on the run. Inspector Taofeek is believed to be a member of the 12 PMF squadron.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Adegoke Fayoade, has directed the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department to conduct a speedy and diligent investigation to ensure that the culprit is brought to justice. The police have assured the public that they will be kept informed of the progress of the investigation.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the ongoing issue of police brutality and misconduct in Nigeria, which has led to the loss of lives and properties over the years. It comes on the heels of another recent case in Abia state, where a businessman, Emmanuel Michael Okocha, was shot dead for refusing to bribe police officers at a checkpoint.

As the investigation progresses, the Lagos State Police Command has promised to ensure justice is served in the case of Anosikwa Patrick's death. "The Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, has directed detectives from the Homicide Division to conduct a swift and thorough investigation to ensure that the perpetrator is brought to justice," stated SP Benjamin Hundeyin. The police have called on the public to remain calm and allow the law to take its course.

Key Takeaways

  • Police officer allegedly stabbed a man to death at a Lagos mall on April 20, 2024.
  • Lagos police have initiated an inquiry and taken the mall manager and security chief into custody.
  • The police officer, Inspector Taofeek, is believed to be from the 12 PMF squadron.
  • The incident highlights ongoing police brutality and misconduct in Nigeria leading to loss of life.
  • The police have promised a swift and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrator to justice.