The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Friday refuted reports that one of its personnel was involved in a shooting incident at the Forte Oil Filling Station in Festac Town, on Wednesday April 6.
The spokesperson of NSCDC, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, said in Abuja that no officer of the corps was involved in the incident.
“We received information from our Lagos State Command when we started seeing some online publications alleging that a female Civil Defence officer shot dead somebody in Lagos.
“But from our investigation, we discovered that there was a shady deal at a filling station, the Forte Oil Filling Station in Lagos, at 21 Avenue Festac Town where the ‘Okada’ riders went to buy fuel.
“They discovered that the filling station operatives were not actually attending to motorists and okada people, rather they were dispensing mainly to black marketers with jerry cans, and other things.
“The okada riders themselves went to our office to lay the complaint. Our special task force then moved to the station to ensure that area was coordinated and effectively monitored,” he said.
Okeh added that while the task force was in the process of carrying out its duty, some hoodlums, who were outside the filling station went on the rampage, which led to pandemonium and shooting ensued.
According to him, some persons have been arrested in connection with the incident while full investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the event has commenced.
He appealed to Lagos residents to be patient, law abiding and disciplined at all times.
It could be recalled that Dolapo Badmus, Lagos police image maker, had issued a statement after the incident in which she said the NSCDC officials released shots following the scuffle at the filling station.
According to Badmus, a superintendent of police, “one motorcycle (okada) rider, Emeka other name yet unknown was shot dead while three others severely injured”.