An 18-year-old admission seeker, Samuel Omojuwa, is in a critical condition at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, after he was allegedly shot by one of the policemen attached to the Ketu Police Division, Lagos State.
Samuel’s elder brother, David, a businessman, was also attacked with a cutlass by another member of the three-man police team on Omojuwa Street on Sunday.
Punch correspondent gathered that the policemen had attempted to arrest a commercial motorcycle rider for allegedly breaking a traffic rule.
The policemen allegedly hit the motorcyclist with a cutlass, which drew the ire of his colleagues at the junction, who later intervened.
The incident was said to have created confusion in the area.
It was learnt that David, the son of a community leader, reportedly approached the policemen.
A resident of the area, Abayomi Salaudeen, said, “The policemen are well known to us. So, David thought he could mediate. But one of them, who didn’t know David, attacked him with a cutlass.
“His younger brother, Samuel, who witnessed the incident, abused the officers from the front of their house, which was a bit far from the scene. One of the policemen fired a shot, which hit him in the leg.”
Our correspondent was told that efforts by residents to rescue Samuel and take him to a hospital were resisted by the policemen who insisted on taking him to the station.
He was allegedly dragged from the spot to a waiting police van and thrown into the back of the vehicle.
Samuel was later released and taken to the Accident and Emergency Centre at the tollgate area in Ojota where he was give first aid.
However, the police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, denied that the policemen shot Samuel and attacked David with a cutlass, saying the police were not farmers.
It was learnt that the victim was transferred to the NOHI on Monday where he was placed on admission.