12th February, 2012
A personnel of the Nigeria Police Force this morning shot dead a passenger in a commuter bus close to Ojo Miltary Cantonment, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the passenger, who was on his way to church, was killed because the conductor of the bus failed to give bribe to the policeman who insisted he must collect the money.
The identity of the victim could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
Eyewitnesses said fracas erupted after the shooting when a mob attacked a police station opposite the barracks.
The mob reportedly sacked the police station and succeeded in releasing inmates from the cell.
Normalcy was restored after the intervention of soldiers from the barracks.
Last Thursday, a police corporal, Samuel Ojana shot and killed a commuter bus driver, Edwin Eze, in Onitsha, Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria, because the driver refused to give him N20 at a checkpoint.
A few days before the incident in Onitsha, another police corporal, Nelson Bassey on illegal duty in Lagos, shot two friends, Andrew Okoh and Isaac Adesina, for refusing to give him bribe at a checkpoint.
The victims survived the gunshot injuries they sustained.
Shooting of law abiding Nigerians by policemen at checkpoints over bribe is very rampant in Nigeria and the cops often get away with it.
However, Bassey and Ojana have been dismissed from service for their conduct and are likely to face trial in a civil court soon.
By Alawode Adebobola