A police vehicle killed an officer while eight members of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) sustained various degrees of injuries during an operation to quell a cult clash in Ikole-Ekiti.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who made this known in a statement to journalists said the command was thrown into mourning as a patrol vehicle belonging to operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) hit an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) on motorcycle and killed him instantly.
He said the Police Commissioner, Babatunde Mobayo, sympathised with the family of deceased cop.
“On the 28th November 2021 at about 6:30pm, a distress call was received from the DPO Ikole Ekiti by the RRS for reinforcement for the possible arrest of some suspected cultists who have been terrorising the people of Ikole-Ekiti and its environs.
“Upon the receipt of the report, the RRS Commander deployed three patrol vehicles with adequate operatives to that axis for the operation.
“Unfortunately, while on their way, a patrol vehicle developed a mechanical fault, went off its lane and hit an oncoming motorcycle ridden by a policeman who had closed from work and was returning home.
“The policeman was rushed to the hospital for medical attention, but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor, while eight other RRS operatives in the patrol vehicle sustained different degrees of injuries.”
Abutu said those injured were currently in the hospital receiving medical attention.
The command’s spokesman said the Police Commissioner, who had visited the injured police officers in the hospital, would soon visit the family house of the deceased ASP to sympathise with them.