Police officer bitten by suspect dies days later

A police constable, Wale Akinlotan reportedly slumped and died while on duty at Ilupeju police division days after a suspect bit him.

The officer attached to the Lagos State Police Command, was said to have collapsed on Monday while at his station in Ilupeju, where he served as the orderly to the DPO.

Akinlotan, who joined the Nigeria Police Force in 2018, once served at in the Lagos Police Public Relations Office.

According to Daily Post, although the cause of the police officer’s death remains a mystery, he was just recovering from injuries sustained from the bite of a suspect who tried to escape from custody.

It was gathered that graduate of Mass Communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, assisted in apprehending the suspect.

A source said; “In the course of capturing the suspect, he bit Wale on his shoulder, his fingers and others”.

Wale had earlier uploaded posted videos on TikTok of the injuries on his body during with the caption; “Job hazard. Thank God for life, Human bite is worse than scorpion/snake venom.”

The police constable has since been buried at a cemetery in Lagos State. But Akinlotan’s sudden death has sparked reactions from police officers, many of whom complained of poor welfare on the job.

“They won’t give us time to rest. Nobody cares about our health at work. Even when you’re sick, they will tell you to bring a medical report before asking you to go and treat yourself. You work many shifts a day. They won’t approve annual leave for us. Tell me how officers won’t continue to drop dead. It’s sad we keep losing officers to avoidable circumstances.”