By Chiemelie Ezeobi

 


Lagos State Police Command Tuesday arrested a police corporal, Emmanuel Okujo, for the attempted murder of 23-year-old Blessing Isanbor, and allegedly kidnapping her younger sister, Patience.

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Commissioner of Police for Lagos State Command, Umar Manko

Okujo who was attached to the Ifako Police Division had on February 10, shot  Blessing in the mouth with an AK47 rifle at their residence, no 12, Ifateyindo Street, Ifako, for attempting to stop him from leaving with Patience.

After three months of being on the run, Okujo turned himself in at the State Investigation Bureau at the command headquarters in Ikeja.

According to report, Okujo had dated Blessing first before turning his affections to Patience, thereby causing disaffection between the two sisters.

Although Okujo admitted that he shot Blessing he however maintained that he did not kidnap Patience rather she absconded willingly with him.

Before he willingly turned himself in, the state command had declared him wanted for attempted murder and kidnapping.

THISDAY gathered that few days after the incident, Okujo who was still on the run at that time, had dropped his service weapon at a nearby location and called his colleagues to inform them on its whereabouts.

Asides that call, no one heard from Okujo again until he turned himself in with Patience in tow.

On why he shot Blessing in the mouth, he blamed the devil, adding that it was not his intention to shoot her but brought out the gun to scare her before it went off accidentally.

Corroborating Okujo’s claims that she was not kidnapped, Patience, who is heavily pregnant, said they got tired of playing the fugitives and so turned themselves in to clear their names.

But Blessing who is still at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where she is responding to treatment debunked Okujo’s claims.

She insisted that she was shot in the mouth on purpose by Okujo who had confronted her with rage.

She said: “We had just finished eating moi-moi that fateful day when he brought out a gun held me at gun point. I thought it was a joke until he pulled the trigger and shattered my mouth.

“When neighbours had attempted to rescue me, the corporal held off with the gun before he fled with my sister.”

Confirming the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a superintendent of police, said the corporal and the patience would soon be charged to court.
Flaying Okujo’s action, he said the corporal should have known better as custodian of the constitution.

He said: “The incident is quite unfortunate because it’s a policeman that is being accused and more is expected from him.
“During interrogation, he said the incident was the handiwork of the devil but investigations are ongoing and based on the outcome, Okujo could be tried for attempted murder while Patience could be charged for conspiracy.”

 

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