Extra-judicial killings: Police to stop firearms use for routine patrols  

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The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has unveiled plan to stop spate of extra-judicial killings by officers of the force.

Adamu made this known in Lagos on Monday while addressing officers and men of the command at the Police College, Ikeja, on the heels of the killing of one Ada Ifeanyi in Ajegunle area of the state by five of his men on patrol, who fired gunshots at the deceased and her boyfriend, Emmanuel Akomafuwa in the early hours of Sunday.

The lovers were in Akomofuwa’s car with another lady when the triggered happy cops fired at the vehicle killing Ada in the process and. The said lady escaped unhurt while Akomafuwa was seriously wounded and hospitalised.

In almost similar version, one Kolade Johnson, a South Africa returnee was killed at Onipetesi area of the state.

Speaking, the IG noted with concern the spate of extra-judicial killings saying the authorities is considering banning officers on routine patrol from carrying firearms and its place, stun guns.

His word, “It will be used for routine patrols as a strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police.

“In perfecting these initiatives, we shall be engaging with human rights bodies, international agencies, development partners and civil society organisations.”

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