How did three policemen close to having a policeman killed open fire on a truck driver?

At the Lekki toll gate on Thursday, an officer with the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, who was stopped by a professional driver, ordered the driver out of his truck. “Listen, the policeman is…

How did three policemen close to having a policeman killed open fire on a truck driver?


At the Lekki toll gate on Thursday, an officer with the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, who was stopped by a professional driver, ordered the driver out of his truck.

“Listen, the policeman is crossing you,” the driver (name withheld) told the FRSC official before shutting the gate.

“Go out of my truck,” was the response.

The driver continued to operate the vehicle. But suddenly, two of the officers, most likely a sergeant and a detective, appeared from behind the gate.

They aimed their guns at the truck. The driver, already startled by the sight of several uniformed men, fell to the ground and covered his head with his hands.

According to reports, one of the officers, realizing that the driver had been the victim of armed robbery, proceeded to gun him down on the highway. In a matter of seconds, he left his duty post, leaving only his gun in the truck.

Most of the tollgate officers told members of the public that the driver was an armed robber, but investigators suspect foul play after viewing video from CCTV cameras installed on the toll gate.

The officers told police and National Investigation Agency operatives that the driver of a Mazda truck (which was identical to the one that was being investigated by them) was shooting at them at the toll gate.

The footage shows that there was no such incident that led to the death of the driver. In fact, after the incident, the officers attacked the security guard for blocking the gate with his van.

Inspector Khalil Biti from the Crime Scene Unit of the National Public Relations Service, NPS, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the driver was murdered by members of the special squad.

He said the security guard, who is also an FRSC officer, lives in a barracks adjacent to the pay gate.

“I know this will not be accepted by the drivers but a thorough investigation must be carried out to discover the truth,” the officer said.

But a source with the FRSC, who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, disputed the claims.

“All I know is that we didn’t kill anybody,” he said.

Meanwhile, a lawmaker representing Niger East at the Senate, Ado-Gbam Gbemiga, said the video presented some unanswered questions to explain why three men who look close to identical were shown holding guns and opening fire.

He said, “The video from the CCTV camera at the pay gate shows that it was just one car that was targeted for assassination.

“What is most curious about this was that all three gunmen had different types of gun; it was a mix, not a professional shooting at all.

“The fact that we did not release the details of the investigation is suspicious, but these two officers insisted they were armed robbers, so we need to know the real story.”

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