The scene of the incident
A shocking incident has claimed the life of a tout after a policeman stabbed him to death on Saturday. The incident took place at Berger bus-stop in Lagos State.
It was gathered that the policeman was a passenger on a 14-seater bus end route from Ibadan, Oyo State before the incident happened.
Punch gathered that the deceased simply identified as Ahmed, was reportedly planning to marry in December. The policeman was said to be serving in a command outside
It was gathered that the incident happened after 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. Ahmed who had gone to the scene to know what was happening, got the shock of his life after the policeman brought out a knife and stabbed him.
“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.
He was confirmed dead at the Ojota Tollgate. It was however gathered that the irate mob had tried to get hold of the killer policeman but he was rescued by men of the Rapid Response
Squad at the bus stop who released tear gas canisters to scare the mob away.
Agberoko, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “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.”
However, Ahmed’s friends vandalized the bus and hurled stones at the RRS members who drove
away. Narrating the incident, a trader, Taibat Adejare, who was in tears, said Ahmed was decent among his counterparts.
She said, “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.”
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.”