After a gunfight between a toll-gate attendant and a man in Lagos left four people dead on Friday, the police have dismissed the incident as a “brawl” and vowed that they will arrest the killers. However, the confusion surrounding the incident may lead to a suspicious case of murder.
Witnesses to the chaos in a modern tarmac of the mean thoroughfare in Lagos described how a man sitting on a mat, slumped while waiting to cross the bridge paid for the fare with a gun and shot the attendant in the face twice.
“I suddenly heard a gunshot and felt a rush in my chest,” Muyiwa Adeoye, a pharmacist, told Reuters. “It then happened that I collapsed.”
Another person who was able to flee the scene, Ikechukwu Awotubo, narrated a similar story but added that the bullet grazed his knee.
The toll gate at the Lekki end of the expressway in Nigeria’s commercial capital remains closed as it will be claimed by the government as a crime scene.
According to an operative of the Lagos State Police Command, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the state government would be responsible for the security of the toll gate and the people on the bridge. This brings to 16 the number of people shot dead at the toll gate in the last three years.
In a telephone interview, the police spokesman told local news reporters that the toll gate, which was officially opened in 2016, has a vulnerability and the government should address it.
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode told CNN that the increasing number of people killed at the toll gate was not a political issue. He vowed that the toll gate would be brought under control.
Read the full story at Reuters.
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