8 November 2012

Nigeria: Again, Police Shoot Commercial Motorcyclist in Lagos

Photo: Olu Ajayi Vanguard.
Okada riders.

A day after policemen shot and killed a commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Okada at the Ilupeju area of Lagos State, similar incident happened Wednesday in Ketu.

However, conflicting reports said it was not a commercial motorcyclist that was shot dead but a commercial bus conductor at the Tipper Garage in Ketu, along Ikorodu Road.

Although, the cause was yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that the victim was allegedly shot dead by policemen attached to the Ketu Police Division.

Meanwhile, THISDAY gathered that the commercial motorcyclist who was shot on Tuesday at Ilupeju died yesterday due to loss of blood.

The incident has brought the total number of commercial motorcyclists so far shot by the police in two weeks to five, thereby raising fears of a volatile protest by the riders.

The last time the riders protested in the city, about three Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) were destroyed.

Attempts to confirm the latest killing from the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ngozi Braide, proved abortive.

However, police sources said the state commissioner of police has expressed displeasure at the way trigger-happy policemen keep bringing disrepute to the force.

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