A police inspector attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Ikeja on Wednesday allegedly shot dead an official with the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, while controlling traffic.
On August 14, the then acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, ordered the inspector-general of police to immediately overhaul the defunt Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The order came after months of agitation by the Nigerian citizens over the extra-judicial killings and persecutions by personnel of SARS.
Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria that the LASTMA official, named Adeyemo Rotimi, was shot dead at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos.
NAN gathered that the LASTMA official was shot dead when he challenged the policeman, identified as Joseph Oki, for disobeying traffic rules.
NAN learnt that the victim, popularly known as ‘Baba Ibeji’, had stopped the police inspector who was driving a cream coloured Highlander jeep with registration number plate LSR 277 BJ to allow free flow of traffic.
It was gathered that the LASTMA official reportedly scolded the policeman for flouting traffic rules.
According to sources, the policeman, who felt insulted by Mr Adeyemo’s warning, allegedly pulled a pistol and shot the LASTMA official in the eye, killing him on the spot.
NAN learnt that the policeman attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by the mob.
It was gathered that some policemen in the area reportedly rescued the FSARS officer from the angry crowd who also damaged his vehicle.
Contacted, Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, did not deny the incident.
“I am writing a release on the incident,” Mr Oti, a chief superintendent of police, said.