The police have blamed the death of a middle-aged man simply identified as Francis on
a stray bullet fired when their men ran into an ambush in the Ilupeju area of the state.
Men identified as members of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) reportedly killed
Francis this morning.
A witness had told newsmen that the deceased was killed while going about his daily
cleaning job on Ajisegiri street in Ilupeju, Odiolowo Ojuwoye local council development
But reacting in a statement, spokesman of the command, Bala Elkana, said “a notorious
gang leader” was leading security operatives to where arms were kept when the
policemen were ambushed. He explained that it was in the process that a stray bullet
fired by members of the gang hit the deceased.
Elkana said the gang has been responsible for series of robberies within the area and
were wanted for the murder of six persons. The Command condemned the senseless
killings of innocent persons by those criminal elements and said that it will not also
tolerate attacks on its personnel by criminal elements. It also vowed to bring an end to
the activities of this deadly gang.
Elkana asked members of the public to remain calm, saying the command had
intensified patrols and surveillance in the affected areas.