MY spirit, reject air pollution within the title of Jesus Christ. As an alternative of polluting my spirit, take me house within the title of Jesus Christ. Take me house within the title of Jesus Christ.”
The above had been the phrases of Police Inspector Monday Gabriel on Sunday morning after he was arrested and tied with ropes by policemen from Ilaje Police Station in Bariga, Lagos.
Gabriel had gone berserk after killing a member of police group led by him, Sergeant Felix Okago, at Onikan on Lagos Island.
It was learnt that instantly sensed Okago’s dying , he drove off from the scene and headed for Akoka, Lagos the place he ran right into a gutter alongside St Finbarr’s School Highway (now Rev. Father Dennis Slattery Highway}.
Additional pissed off by the event, Gabriel of 21 Police Cellular Pressure (PMF) Squadron Abuja connected to the Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS), jumped out of the metallic gray Decide Up van and began a taking pictures spree that precipitated many residents of the realm to panic.
About 500 metres from the place the choose up disenchanted him, he moved to the entrance of 33 St Finbarr’s School Highway the place he knocked severally at its door with out a response from any of the residents.
At that pointed, he started firing instantly on the metallic door after which turned to a different home adjoining and shot sporadically into the air.
A resident, who stated he noticed the policeman knocking and taking pictures just a few metres away , put the variety of pictures at between 100 and 150.
Pleading anonymity, the resident stated, “I used to be sitting just a few metres away meditating when he arrived at about 5.30am. When he was knocking I used to be not scared however when he began firing I needed to sneak out. I even needed to report him with my telephone however I used to be too scared. That man should have fired not lower than 100 or 150 occasions as a result of he was nicely armed.”
Gabriel was stated to have gone haywire after a disagreement along with his group members round Onikan and opened fireplace on his colleagues, killing Okago, and allegedly injuring others.
The Nation counted 12 bullets holes on the door of home and 15 others on the hall and ceiling.
About 36 stay ammunition had been stated to have been recovered from Gabriel, who displayed doable Put up Traumatic Stress Dysfunction (PTSD) upon his arrest by the police.
Two different residents, who stated they took cowl when the shootings began, stated they had been fortunate that no bullet hit a fuel store in entrance of the home on 33 St. Finbarr’s School Highway, in any other case, the story would have been disastrous.
Narrating her ordeal, a woman who gave her title merely as Ayomide, stated they had been praying round 5am or 5.30am once they instantly began listening to gunshots.
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Ayomide stated, “We thought robbers had arrived. We had been scared, we had been vigilant and we had been afraid afraid on the identical time. We sensed that the individual firing was so imply.
“He was firing critically. All people was afraid. He needed to enter. He was asking who’s in the home?
“However no one answered him. He was firing on the door so the bullets penetrated by means of the iron door, hit all bottles, crates, chairs, buckets on the hall after which the partitions and even our ceiling.
“The doorsteps of most of our tenants right here had been hit as nicely. It’s only God that saved us on this space. They are saying he’s a policeman. I have no idea a traditional policeman that may do this type of factor. Even armed robbers can’t shoot like that.”
One other resident, Benjamin Joseph, stated the “shooter was a pissed off policeman who acquired fed up along with his colleagues’ excesses and shot a few of them earlier than he was overpowered.”
He added: “We additionally learnt that it began round Onikan space of Lagos. However after killing his colleague, he drove their patrol automobile on their own until he acquired to Akoka, the place the truck fell right into a ditch.
“He was really strolling to Bariga when he began taking pictures ( most likely to scare away everybod
y else ) however was ambushed/overpowered by a group of policemen dispatched by the police excessive command.”
From quick movies recorded by residents after he was restrained with a rope by operatives from the Bariga Police Division and Speedy Response Squad (RRS), the Inspector stored screaming “my spirit reject air pollution within the title of Jesus Christ. As an alternative of polluting my spirit, take me house within the title of Jesus Christ. Take me house within the title of Jesus Christ,” a improvement suggestive of a doable psychological sickness.
Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, stated in an announcement yesterday that the Space A command acquired a misery name round 4:30am that one Inspector Gabriel from 21 Police Cellular Pressure Squadron Abuja, on particular obligation in a Federal Authorities facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, went berserk and began taking pictures sporadically.
Elkana’s assertion reads: “One Sergeant Felix Okago, who was on particular obligation with the Inspector, died from the gunshot accidents whereas others escaped unharmed. In an try to flee, he took a patrol van and headed in direction of Third Mainland Bridge, taking pictures as he was escaping. He was intercepted by Policemen from Bariga Division who disarmed and handcuffed him.
“The rifle and automobile had been recovered. The corpse of the deceased Sergeant is deposited within the mortuary for post-mortem whereas the Inspector is taken to Police Hospital for medical examination as he offered indicators of psychological melancholy.
“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in control of investigation to take over the investigation. The command deeply condoles with the household of the fallen colleague who paid the supreme value in service to his fatherland.”