Tension as policeman kills motorist in Lagos
There was pandemonium around Second Rainbow, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway on Friday after a trigger happy policeman gunned a commercial driver.
The incident which occurred at about 8am was said to have been caused by the refusal of the bus driver to give the policeman â€œtheir usual bribe.â€
This is happening barely one month after a police Corporal shot at a tricyclist and killed his wife at Ijegun for refusing to part with N100 bribe.
It was gathered that the unidentified policeman, attached to Orile Police Station, had wanted to shoot the tyre of the bus but unfortunately, killed the driver
An eyewitness who refused to be named told The Nation that the bullet hit the driver on his chest, killing him instantly.
He stated that the policemen came out from the police station opposite an eatery, by Second Rainbow and were demanding money from the commercial bus drivers.
â€œIt happened before 8am. The policemen came from the station opposite Tank and Tommy and were demanding their usual bribe.
â€œThe bus drivers were refusing to give them and they were threatening the drivers. I was in another bus but before we knew what was happening, one of the policemen fired his gun.
â€œI think he wanted to shoot the driverâ€™s tyre but the bullet hit the man on his chest and his blood covered the entire road.
â€œThis made the bus drivers angry and their colleagues from Oshodi were told. The whole place became crowded with protesting bus drivers, while the policemen that did it ran into the station.
â€œLater, I saw policemen from other stations, I donâ€™t know where they came from but I think they were called as reinforcement.
â€œThey started shooting guns anyhow and that was how I ran from the place to avoid being a victim of stray bullet,â€ he said.
Other commuters who witnessed the sporadic gunshots took to social media to warn potential road users to keep off the route.
As at the time of filing this report, calm has been restored in the area, with the motorists going about their usual routine.
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