The Nigeria police on Monday arrested some hoodlums for allegedly beating a police constable to death in Dalemo, Sango, in the Ado-Odo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state.
The suspects were reported to have been hired by a truck driver who had an argument with the deceased officer and his colleague.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made this known in a statement on Monday.
The PPRO identified the suspected hoodlums as 22-year-old Jelili Ismaila, Amidu Bankole, 34, Moses Proboye, 34 and 36-year-old Elijah Samson.
He said the suspects beat the policeman to a coma with weapons Sunday at about 9.30pm.
Oyeyemi further revealed that the late constable and one other officer were escorting their principal from Idah in Kogi State to Lagos State when the incident happened.
The police spokesman said; “Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased officer and one other escorted their principal from Idah in Kogi State to Lagos State. On their way passing through Sango Ota, a truck driver, Jelili Ismaila, drove dangerously and almost pushed their vehicle off the road.
“While trying not to hit the vehicle conveying the officers, the truck entered a pothole as a result of which its tyre got punctured.
“This made the two policemen to come down and caution the truck driver to always be mindful of other road users. But the driver accused them of being at fault, thereby mobilising hoodlums who attacked the officers and their principal with weapons and beat the deceased to a coma.
“Having realised that the policeman may not survive the attack, the driver and his hired hoodlums took to their heels. But luck ran out on four of them when the DPO and his men on a tip-off stormed their hideout and got them arrested, while four others escaped.
“The remains of the deceased officer have been deposited at the General Hospital Ota mortuary.”
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Ajogun, who described the incident as barbaric, had ordered a manhunt for the fleeing suspects.