The Lagos State Police Command has begun hunting for some car drivers who reportedly knocked down two policemen on stop-and-search duties around Oshodi area of the state.
The incident reportedly happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, while the officers were on patrol at 7/8 Bus Stop, Oshodi, Lagos.
Speaking on the incident, a police source disclosed that the drivers of the vehicles were being flagged down by policemen for stop and search when they knocked them down.
The source added that the suspected criminals were driving a Toyota Camry and a Lexus 350 cars, whose number plates were yet unknown.
“But immediately they sighted the police, they increased the speed at which they were moving and knocked down two policemen, Inspector Alabi Kayode and Inspector Edukpe Oronya,” it was gathered from the source.
The source informed that Inspector Kayode sustained severe injuries on his head and left hand.
It was also stated that the second officer, Oronya, was “rolled over by the two vehicles.”
Our correspondent gathered that the two unknown drivers attempted to “snatch the rifles with the officers after they had knocked them down.”
However, the swift intervention of their colleagues was said to have saved the rifles from being stolen away by the daredevil car drivers.
It was learnt that the officers were immediately rushed to Divine Grace Hospital in Mafoluku–Oshodi, for medical attention, while an investigation is ongoing.
Efforts to get the reactions of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful at the time of filing this report.
In another news, the Anambra State Police Command says its operatives have neutralized two members of a gang that killed two policemen on December 29, 2023.
The State Police Commissioner, CP Aderemi Adeoye, who disclosed this to newsmen in Awka on Monday, said the gang members were neutralized during a raid on their camp in Ogboji, Orumba South Local Government Area, on Sunday.
According to him, a 51-year-old victim was rescued in the process and a Lexus Sports Utility Vehicle recovered.
He added that other items recovered were four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), two pump action guns and 16 live cartridges.
He said the IEDs had been defused.
Adeoye stated that the manhunt for the assailants and every criminal element in the state would continue.
He reiterated the determination of the command to ensure the security of all, and urged residents and holiday makers to go on with their lawful activities without fear.