A police corporal attached to Isheri-Oshun Division in Lagos, Wednesday night, fired a shot at a moving tricycle along Isheri/ Ijegun road, killing the wife of the operator, Idongesit Ekpo, on the spot.
Doctors at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are however, battling to save the life of the operator, Godwin Ekpo, who was reportedly also hit by a bullet.
Consequently, visibly angry Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, has ordered the immediate arrest of members of the team on duty that night. The arrested team members include Sergeant Benson Ahambo, Corporal Augustine Telenundu, Corporal Onu Samuel and Corporal Musefun Aremu.
Owoseni has also queried the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of the division for allowing his men to operate without a properly labelled Police vehicle.
Information at Vanguard’s disposal had it that the tricycle operator was returning from church with his wife and four children between the ages of 1 and 12 in the tricycle, popularly known as Keke Marwa, when the police corporal flagged him down.
Tricycle operators are already protesting alleged killing of wife of their colleegue by a policeman in Isheri-Oshun area of Lagos.
It was also gathered that tricycle operators usually gave the policemen between N50 and N100 in the morning and also at night. But Ekpo was said to have refused to stop to give the policeman money, arguing that the passengers were his family members.
An Eye witnesses said the corporal fired some shots into the moving tricycle, thereby forcing it to a halt. The bullet was said to have shattered Mrs Ekpo’s skull while her husband was hit in the jaw.
At that moment, Ekpo reportedly managed to come down and raised the alarm when he discovered his wife in the pool of her blood.
On noticing the magnitude of his action, the corporal reportedly alerted his team members and they all fled the scene.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr Johnson Kokumo, has according to the police media representative been with the tricycle operator in the hospital.
‘’We will do everything within our capacity to ensure that the children and their father are well taken care of at the moment.