The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered for the posthumous trial and dismissal of late Inspector Olakunle Olonade, a Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officer for killing Adeyemo Rotimi, a Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) officer at the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
Both men engaged in a heated argument and which later saw Olukunle Olonade heading back to his car, reached out for a gun and shot to death Adeyemo Rotimi who had confronted him for driving against traffic and going against the State law.
An irate crowd then descended on Olakunle Olonade, thinking he was an armed bandit, beating him to stupor, only to be saved by some officers.
A statement by the police spokesperson Chike Oti says in part:
“On November 28, around 6pm, the driver of a Toyota Highlander SUV, with registration number LSR 277 BJ, later identified as Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade, attached to FSARS Ikeja while driving along Iyana-Ipaja Road, was contravened for driving against traffic by a LASTMA official, one Rotimi Adeyemi, aged 46 years at Iyana-Ipaja Roundabout.
The two men vehemently disagreed with each other. However, during the altercation, the said Inspector Olukunle Olonade allegedly shot the LASTMA officer to death.
Consequently, an irate mob, who thought that the shooter was an armed hoodlum because he was in mufti, descended on him and beat him to stupor.
Although he was later rescued by teams of policemen drafted to the scene, he later gave up the ghost while being rushed to a hospital for treatment.
The serial number of the pistol recovered at the scene was checked in the system and it revealed the bearer as Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja.
Corpses of the deceased have been evacuated to the morgue for autopsy.
The CP Lagos has directed that the late Inspector Olakunle Olonade be tried posthumously in orderly room and be recommended for dismissal from the Force.”