Lagos: Why we opened fire on Ibeju Lekki youth – Police

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The Lagos State Police Command has defended the use of violence against young people in Ibeju Lekki.

Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, made a statement on Thursday.

The spokesman explained that the incident took place on Wednesday after police officers made an arrest.

Hundeyin said youths in the area caught wind and mobilized to rescue the person currently in custody.

Adding that the crowd arrived late, the PPRO said on their way back, they saw two armed personnel guarding a company.

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“The enraged youths, more than 200 in number, decided to attack the police officers, pelt them with stones and destroy a Lexus SUV inside,” he said.

Police said when it became clear that the angry citizens were determined to lynch the officers, they “justly used their firearms”.

One of the attackers was hit and is currently being treated in hospital.

Hundeyin added that agents could protect themselves and prevent further wanton destruction.

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“Normal has returned to the area. An investigation has been launched to arrest other fleeing attackers, after which they will be prosecuted,” the statement said

Lagos: Why we opened fire on Ibeju Lekki youth – Police