A policeman, who was a passenger on a 14-seater bus enroute from Ibadan, Oyo State reportedly stabbed a tout to death in Berger bus stop, Lagos State. The ‘Agbero’ identified, Ahmed was planning to marry in December before he met his untimely death few days ago.
The policeman was said to be serving in a command outside Lagos.
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 at the front seat, reportedly got off from the bus.
The Punch gathered that Ahmed had gone to the scene to know what transpired. “But the policeman suddenly brought out a very sharp knife and stabbed him 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 said to have been taken in the bus to the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre 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 at the bus stop released tear gas canisters to rescue the killer cop. “The RRS men shot into the air and also fired tear gas canisters to disperse us when we intercepted the policeman. They recscue and took him into the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed in the area,” he said.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however, said the suspect was not a policeman, adding that the corpse had been deposited in a morgue.
He said, “A group of social miscreants allegedly engaged one Sulaiman Anafi, a driver in charge of a Mazda commercial bus with number plate, XB 251 LEM, in a brawl at the Berger bus stop, inward Lagos, over parking ticket.
“In the process, one of the passengers in the bus reportedly stabbed one of the area boys in the area with a knife and he died on the way to a nearby hospital.
“The suspect has been arrested. He is not a policeman.”