The subtle rivalry between the Nigerian Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) reared up again as the Lagos Police Command and the NSCDC command in the state continued trading blame over the shooting at a filling station in Festac area of the state on Wednesday March 6. One okada rider, identified as Emeka was shot dead by supposedly a female NSCDC officer.
The Police said that the NSCDC has refused to hand over the alleged shooter for necessary action.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Dolapo Badmus, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Lagos Police Command, told our correspondent that of the NSCDC have yet to handover the officer suspected to have shot the okada rider to the police, even as she assured that investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A senior police officer at the Lagos state police command in Ikeja alleged that the NSCDC was trying to cover-up the issue, knowing full well the implications.
However, the NSCDC on its part has accused the police of trying to use the ill-feted shooting to rubbish the corps in order to be seen to be working.
A NSCDC operative at the Lagos state command in Alausa, Ikeja, who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “You know in this era of change, every agency is trying desperately to impress the government in order to continue to be relevant and be seen to be working.”
Newsherald recalled that on the Wednesday of the shooting, SP Badmus had issued a press statement that said that “Reports from Area E indicates that at AP filling station some yet to be identified Civil defence men in a patrol vehicle had scuffle with some men at AP filling station which led to indiscriminate firing from the civil defence personnel, One motorcycle (okada) rider Emeka other name yet unknown was shot dead while three others severely injured.”
The NSCDC had a day after the police release, issued a counteracting release through, Emmanuel Okeh, its spokesman, which said that “the ugly incident that took place at the Forte Oil Filling Station in Festac Town was not in any way carried out by any NSCDC officer as alleged.”
The NSCDC in fact said its personnel “as at the time of the shootout, the NSCDC personnel were inside the filling station, busy protecting the facility and never in any way participated in any shooting activity whatsoever.”