A suspected mad man has reportedly killed a policeman, simply identified as Sergeant Abu, attached with Omu-Aran Police Division in Kwara State.
The deceased, it was gathered was said to be inside the station when he was hacked by the assailant identified as Femi Adefila, who was armed with cutlass and other dangerous weapons on Tuesday afternoon.
It was gathered from residents of the area who are familiar with Adefila, a scavenger, that he was already showing signs of insanity before the Tuesday attack.
It was also learnt that the deceased policeman was rushed to a private hospital in the town before he was later transferred to Ido Medical centre, Ekiti State, where he died on Wednesday.
Adefila, who hailed from Aran-Orin, a suburb of Kwara State, was said to have first approached the station with a shovel and a wooden stick but was disarmed, he later came back, reinforced to attack.
An eye witness account revealed that it took a combined effort of some commercial motorcyclists and police patrol team before Adefila, who took to his heel after the attack, could be apprehended around Taiwo Area in the town.
“I was on my motorcycle when I saw the man running holding cutlass and a wood.
“He was wearing a red attire and we followed him.
“Later some other motorcyclists joined in the chase and on getting to Taiwo Area he stopped, dropped his weapons and raised up his hands.
“It was in the process that he was arrested by the police and moved to the station,” the source said.
The atmosphere in the police command was tensed on Wednesday afternoon when reporters visited, as policemen in the station were still in shock following the death of their colleague.
When contacted, the police public relations officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, said that the command was “still investigating the veracity of the story, to know if it is true.”
The police spokesman, who said that the investigation was being carried out in collaboration with the divisional police officers in Omu Aran, said that outcome would be communicated later.