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Police Sergeant Who Killed 3 People, before Killing Self to be Dismissed



The Nigeria Police has announced that the police Sergeant, Stephen James, who shot himself after killing three men at the weekend in Lagos would be dismissed posthumously.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while condemning the actions of the cop.

It was gathered that James at about 4 pm on Saturday in the Ketu area of the state, ambushed and killed three men, including two siblings for admonishing him to behave appropriately at a drinking spot.

The deceased twin (only children of their bereft mother), Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle, as well as their friend identified as Jeje, were said to have admonished the drunken officer, who entered the premises of Paulson Hotel on Anibaba Street, and harassed customers to buy drinks for him.

James, a Sergeant with force number 217884, attached to MOPOL 22, Oduduwa, GRA, Ikeja, was said to have threatened to shoot anyone who refuses to buy alcohol for him at the hotel bar.

Aside being drunk, the cop was also said to have been a chronic Indian hemp smoker and was probably high on narcotics that fateful evening.

An eyewitnesses said the policeman ambushed and killed the three young men, who were in their early 30s, as they stepped outside the hotel premises where they had gone to celebrate Jeje’s birthday.

It was gathered that when he realized the implications of his action, the policeman allegedly shot himself on the chest.

The incident threw the entire neighborhood and its environs into confusion with passers-by and residents running for safety, it was learnt.

An angry mob, it was gathered, attempted to raze the hotel as well as burn the corpse of the cop but for the swift intervention of police officers attached to Ketu division.

The mob was said to have thrown bottles and stones at the hotel, prompting lodgers to flee their rooms with their luggage.

Reacting to the misfortune, Owoseni said the cop will be tried and dismissed in death, adding that the Sergeant can no longer be a member of the force following his callous behaviour.

“ We would try him even in death and dismiss him for his actions. We want to use this medium to sympathize with the families of the deceased and we apologize for the irrational actions of the policeman who also took his life,” said Owoseni.