There was pandemonium on Wednesday afternoon as a policeman allegedly killed a young man who sells used generator set at the Fagba area of Iju, Lagos State.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a scavenger had bought a used generator from the deceased who a man gave his name simply as Brother Sunny.
The scavenger who did not want to pay Sunny, ran to the police Armoured Personal Carrier (APC) in front of an eatery near Fagba traffic light and reported to the officers that he had discovered a man who allegedly stole a generating set.
The policemen allegedly arrested Sunny who insisted he was the owner of the generating set.
An eyewitness, Mr. Steven Madu, said: “The deceased while being interrogated maintained that he was the owner of the generator and that he had receipt to prove his innocence, but one of the policemen who was overzealous just brought out a teargas can and sprayed it on the deceased face. Even while the deceased was begging that he was asthmatic, the policeman emptied the teargas canister on the man .We all took to our heels because of the danger of the teargas. It was when the smoke settled that we came back to meet the lifeless body of Sunny.
“We were told by a woman believed to be the deceased’s wife that the victim was asthmatic. The question is why did the policeman use tear gas on the man. Why the torture even when the man kept shouting that he was innocent and that he was asthmatic?
“We want the police high command to investigate the matter and bring the policeman and his colleagues who watched him torture Sunday to death, to book. We are aware that the policemen posted to the APC have turned the spot to a police station where they extort members of the public and beat up those who fail to pay toll to them. They are not fighting crime, but are there for extortion,” he said.
Meanwhile, another policeman had allegedly killed a 27-year-old apprentice mechanic, Okey Chinweike, who just returned from his only brother’s burial, and dumped his body in a stream at Onuato in Ogui Nike, Enugu North Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Okey Chinweike, who was said to have returned not quite long from the burial of his only brother, had gone to a football viewing centre about four poles away from his shop to watch a match after the close of work when he met his death.