A commotion ensued on Saturday, October 29, at Ojodu Berger bus stop, Lagos state, when a police officer allegedly stabbed a motor park tout, commonly called agbero, to death.
The officer was a passenger on a 14-seater bus traveling from Ibadan, Oyo state to Lagos state, where he killed the deceased.
The deceased was identified simply as Ahmed and was reportedly planning to marry in December.
The officer was said to be serving in a command outside Lagos.
Punch reports that one of Ahmed’s friends had stopped the bus with the inscription, Success Express, and demanded N100 from the driver, who reportedly declined to pay the money.
In the ensuing argument between the driver and the agbero, the policeman, who was sitting in the front seat, reportedly got off from the bus.
It was learned that Ahmed who only went to the scene to know what transpired.
”But the policeman suddenly brought out a very sharp knife and stabbed him (Ahmed) in the stomach. He held the policeman for a while and slumped. He stood up, staggered and slumped again.
”The policeman put on trousers usually worn by riot policemen,” an eyewitness, Goke Adeleke, said.
Ahmed was rushed to the Lagos state accident and emergency center at the Ojota Tollgate, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
A friend of the deceased, who identified himself as Agberoko, said men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) at the bus stop fired tear gas canisters to rescue the killer cop.
”The RRS officers shot into the air and also fired tear gas canisters to disperse us when we intercepted the policeman. They rescued and took him into the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed in the area,” Agberoko, who spoke in Yoruba, said. Ahmed’s corpse was brought back to the bus stop, noted that his friends went violent, and vandalized the bus.
A trader, Taibat Adejare, who was in tears, said Ahmed was decent among his counterparts.
”He just came out around 4pm today (Saturday). He ate a snack with a bottle of drink. It was about an hour after he came out that the incident happened.
”He was very peaceful and jovial. He didn’t force drivers to pay. The policeman stabbed him with a poisonous knife.
”I was joking with him some days ago that he should go and marry. He said he was planning marriage already and that it would come up in December,” she said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, however, said the suspect was not a policeman, adding that the corpse had been deposited in a morgue.
In a related development, a police officer with Force number 217884, shot dead a set of twins, Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle and a third person simply identified as Jeje at the Paulson Hotel located on Anibaba Street, Ketu before killing himself.