A Police corporal was on Wednesday night feared dead over an attempt to rescue a Lebanese business man from being kidnapped by some unknown gunmen in Festac area of Lagos.
The gunmen numbering three, it was gathered, stormed an eatery located at First avenue at about 9.30 pm and made straight for where the owner, a Lebanese with unknown identity was.
During the ensuing scuffle between the kidnappers and Lebanese, the Police Corporal said to have been deplored to the eatery, sensed danger and intervened.
But he was taken by shock as one of the gunmen reportedly opened fire on him. During the ensuing gun battle, the Lebanese was said to have escaped by the whiskers.
Although an unconfirmed report said the Corporal died on the spot, with his riffle taken away by the kidnappers but, his intervention was said to have foiled the kidnap attempt on the Lebanese.
It was learnt that some customers at the eatery reportedly sustained minor injuries while scampering for safety.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Lagos State Police Public Relations officer, Ngozi Braide, as she was said to be granting an interview when she was called.
But Police sources at Area 'E' command headquarters, Festac town, simply confirmed that there was shooting at First avenue but could not state whether any arrest was made.