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Police shot and killed a 23-year-old boy at a birthday party in Lagos

The birthday celebrant said he was still in shock as there was no fight and he couldn't explain why the police barged into the event and started shooting.

Police killings in Lagos
Ayoade (pictured above) was described as easy going and responsible by family and friends. / Image via Naij

Police in Ijeshatedo police station shot and killed a 23-year-old boy while attending a friend’s birthday party in Lagos. This leaves in mind the question: Is police killings becoming a trend in Nigeria?

Jamiu Ayoade, a tailor apprentice died after a Deputy Police Office (DPO) who was identified as Muhammed Yakubu, shot him at a close range.

Naij reported that the DPO and his team were patrolling the community when they came across the party. After they were told what the party was about, they left.

A few hours later, the police returned with vans and they started firing gunshots which caused people to flee the venue of the party.

The DPO followed Jamiu and some others who ran into a building for safety. The DPO reportedly shot Jamiu at a close range and injured two others. The Police immediately fled the scene after their shooting.

The Police immediately fled the scene after the shooting.

The birthday celebrant, Abubakar Animashaun, told Naij he was still in shock as there was no fight and he couldn’t explain why the police barged into the event and started shooting.

He said: “I didn’t know the mission of the policemen at the venue because there was no fight. Jamiu was a decent person. He was my friend. It was the DPO that shot him.”

Jamiu was rushed to a private hospital in the community from where he was referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where he died.

Not only has this community lost their friend, son, and brother, they have also witnessed firsthand violent and senseless murder.


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