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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Policeman Dies Arresting Danfo Driver In Lagos

LAGOS—A police officer attached to Orile Division
died in a motor accident opposite Fatgbems
Filling Station, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway
at about 9a.m., yesterday.

It was learned that the deceased, while
attempting to apprehend a commercial bus
(Danfo) driver, who was picking up passengers
along the road, jumped into the moving bus with
number plates KJA305XL.

The bus sped off, while trying to escape, and hit
another car with number plates LND340DF. The
sudden stop made the policeman, who was
hanging on the bus, to fall.

An eyewitness told Vanguard that as the cop fell,
a trailer ran over him, killing him instantly, as the
commercial bus driver and his conductor took to
their heels, abandoning the vehicle.

Vanguard gathered that the driver of the car,
which the bus driver hit, was travelling for his
father’s burial when he incident occurred.
Operatives of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC,
Lagos State Traffic Management Agency,
LASTMA, and policemen from Trinity and Orile
Divisions were there to ensure free flow of traffic
as onlookers besieged the area.

A passenger’s tale
A passenger in the bus, Rotimi Baki, said: “The
policeman jumped into the commercial bus while
the bus was moving and picking passengers at
the bus stop.

“All of a sudden, the commercial bus driver braked
and the policeman fell off and a truck coming
from behind hit him. The vehicle in front of the
commercial bus had stopped. So the bus driver
did same.”

One of the police officers, Sergeant Samuel, from
Trinity Divisional Police Station harassed, dragged
and seized Vanguard reporter’s mobile phone,
accusing her of celebrating the death of his

All pleas to get back the phone fell on deaf ears
as the officers kept shouting ‘I will deal with you.
Who gave you authority to take pictures? You
must come to our office’.

When she eventually got to their office, the
Divisional Police Officer called the officer, who
seized the phone, and returned it to the reporter.
Later, officers from the Trinity Police Division took
the corpse of the Policemen to Orile Police Station
and later to Mainland Hospital Mortuary, Yaba.

By Esther Onyegbula

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