In the aftermath of Chief Superintendent of Police Kazeem Abonde’s gruesome murder on Thursday, a total of 60 suspects have been arrested in Lagos.
The officer was killed in the state’s Ajao Estate area, where he and his team were enforcing the commercial motorcycle prohibition on major roads and bridges.
The riders apparently withdrew when the police team impounded some motorcycles, but soon regrouped and attacked Abonde and his men.
According to one report, they snatched the CSP’s service pistol and shot him with it.
A patrol car was also vandalized, three service rifles were stolen, and the Divisional Police Officer, Ajao Estate, CSP Abdullahi Malla, and other operatives were injured.
The operatives who went on the mission with the senior officer took to their heels, For fear of being lynched.
according to reports, however, while sympathizers rushed Abonde to the hospital, the mob chased him down and smashed his head with stones and clubs.
According to The Niger delta connect news, Abonde, of the Operations Department, planned to leave field work by December, six months before retiring from the force.
According to a police source, the CSP spotted the mob approaching but instructed his men not to fire any shots in order to avoid extrajudicial killings.
the source said;
The bikers visibly displayed cutlasses, bottles, axes, sticks and stones as they charged towards the police team. The mob chased the armed policemen towards the main gate leading to the estate. The policemen who were with the CSP abandoned their patrol vehicle and fled.
The CSP, who was a lone at this point, made frantic efforts to calm the irate crowd but they refused to listen. They vandalised the patrol vehicle, disarmed and shot him.
According to another source, Abonde planned to quit doing operations by December in order to prepare for his retirement in June.
He claimed the officer had a Master’s degree in law and was calm and responsible.
Another reason the officers withdrew, according to the report, was that they did not have teargas or anti-riot equipment to disperse the mob at the time of the incident, and by the time reinforcement arrived, the damage had already been done.
The assassination of Abonde has caused a resurgence of demoralization among the police.
The incident, according to many police officers who talked to The Niger delta connect news, was a heartbreaking reminder of what transpired during the #EndSARS violence. They expressed concern that if the situation was not handled appropriately, operator morale would be harmed in implementing the law.
While the investigation is ongoing, Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu stated that the command will guarantee that the perpetrators are brought to justice. He also stated that 60 people have been apprehended.
He also stated that the three service firearms stolen by the thugs had been recovered, and that the injured officers were recuperating.
It is a painful loss. It saddens my heart that an officer was killed in such a cruel manner. We have been investigating the matter and presently, we have 60 suspects in custody.