The Lagos State Police Command insisted that men from its command did not fire on any soldiers in the Trade Fair area of Lagos.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that soldiers attacked five police officers, leaving one dead and four brutalized.
Reacting to a statement credited to an army commander that a police officer shot at the soldiers, the Lagos command insisted the cops were attacked without provocation.
This was in a statement by state police public relations officer Benjamin Hundeyin on Wednesday, titled “Rebuttal: No soldiers shot; Soldiers attacked police officers without provocation.”
The statement read: ‘The attention of Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a report credited to Major General Umar Musa, out of GOC 81 Division, claiming that a ‘police officer fired on the soldier during the altercation which cut him in the ear”. but narrowly missed its vital parts.
“As the Lagos State Police Command is in a distressed mood and has decided to toe the line of civility, it is fitting to stand up against misinformation.
“The fact remains that on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the trade fair area of Lagos State, about 30 Nigerian army soldiers attacked five police officers for stopping vehicles along their lane to clear the way for a heavy goods vehicle joining the motorway.
“After the soldiers brutalized the ASP who was leading the team, pulled out his magazine and abducted two inspectors with their rifles, the next inspector they tried to attack fired a single shot in the air – an act which drove the soldiers back.
“The only shot was in the air. At no time was anyone hit. The Lagos State Police Command is daring the army authorities to present the soldier who was allegedly shot dead.
“As we mourn our fallen hero and pray for the full recovery of the kidnapped second inspector, we urge Nigerians to ignore the claim that a soldier was shot dead as there is absolutely no truth to it.
“In the meantime, the Lagos State Police Command is eagerly awaiting the report of the Board of Inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate the immediate and distant cause of the incident.
“The command also looks forward to the soldiers’ peach behind the torture and murder of Inspector Monday Orukpe; and the return of two AK47 rifles and three magazines taken by the soldiers, in accordance with the commitment made by the Nigerian army transmitted by Brigadier General KN Nwoko during a visit of condolence to the Commissioner of Police, the Command of the ‘Lagos State, CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc.