The Lagos State Police Command have denied killing a Lagos cleaner identified as Francis, at the Ilupeju area of the state.
Reports earlier have it that men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly killed the man via a stray bullet while chasing some Indian hemp smokers.
The victims was said to have died on the spot but the Police in a statement said he was killed by armed robbers.
“On July 15, 2019 around 7:30 a.m., SARS operatives led by Inspector Mohammed Akeem, while being led by a notorious gang leader, Ikechukwu Monye, 39-years-old, to where their arms were kept, were ambushed by members of the gang along Ajisegiri Street, Ilupeju,” the statement read.
“The assailants shot indiscriminately and in the process killed a middle-aged man who was passing by.
“Reinforcement was quickly drafted to the scene. The whole area has been cordoned off with a view to apprehending members of the gang and bring them to justice.”
It added that “The command condemns the senseless killings of innocent persons by those criminal elements and will not also tolerate attacks on its personnel by criminal elements and vows to bring an end to the activities of this deadly gang.
“Members of the public are enjoyed to remain calm as the command has intensified patrols and surveillance in the affected areas.
“Meanwhile, the corpse of the victim of this violent attack has been removed and deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.
“The command extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased person and assures them that justice will prevail.”