Policeman arrested for killing female tennis star


Policeman arrested for killing female tennis star

THE Police have arrested a trigger happy policeman who allegedly shot dead a tennis superstar at the Victoria Island area of Lagos.
The victim, Beauty McCleod, was shot dead in presence of her
daughter, Angel at the Emperor’s Place Hotels during a quarrel on Sunday.
The arrest of the killer Police­man was ordered by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni.
The tennis star was lodging in the hotel before she met her un­timely death. It was gathered that McCleod was rushed to the hospital, but died the following day.
According to a Police source, the policeman, attached to the Moroko Police Station, had been arrested and detained on the order of the CP.
According to witnesses, the policeman, attached to the hotel as one of the security guards, allegedly shot at the tennis star after a brief argument.
A witness who spoke on the condition of anonym­ity said that the United Arab Emirates-based ten­nis star was lodging in the hotel with her daughter, who is also an up com­ing Tennis star before she met her untimely death in the hands of the trigger-happy policeman when she allegedly challenged the cop for refusing her guest entry into the ho­tel’s premises.
The source, close to the deceased, said: “Beauty returned from Ghana on Sunday where she took her daughter to a tennis academy. She invited one of her friends to pick her up for shopping at the hotel that same night but had reservations about the manner the police guard treated her guest.
“She apparently chal­lenged the policeman when she returned to her room to pick her wallet and the policeman chased Beauty down the stairs and shot her in the leg.
“I can’t say what transpired between them but I saw the policeman shooting her.”
The deceased was said to have been rejected at a nearby hospital where she was rushed to for treat­ment but lost too much blood and gave up the ghost, Monday morning at Saint Nicholas Hospi­tal, where she was finally admitted.
Confirming the inci­dent, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Joseph Of­for said that the Police­man is attached to the Mounted Troop Police Station and not Moroko Police Division as earlier speculated.
He said: “Yes, a police­man shot a woman and she later died. The police­man has been detained at Moroko Police Station.
“We only have the po­liceman version, but the woman is dead. We can’t possibly get to hear her side of the story again. But investigations are on­going and we have started talking to eye witnesses. The story we have how­ever is that the policeman and the woman live in the same compound at Victo­ria Island. They had been having issues. They had another quarrel and the woman attempted to dis­possess him of his gun. During the struggle, the gun exploded. The wom­an was hit. She later died. That was what the Police­man said..”

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