A commercial truck driver identified as Ado Saleh was allegedly shot dead on Monday by a yet to be identified police officer, following his refusal to pay N100 bribe to police officers at a checkpoint along Akure-Owo expressway in Ondo State.
According to eyewitnesses, the truck driver was stopped by the police officer who, along with some other officers, were on a stop and search duty.
The officer allegedly asked for N100 bribe but the truck driver refused to give him.
There was an exchange of words and the officer allegedly opened fire on the truck driver, shooting him in the head and he died instantly.
The incident led to serious traffic gridlock and protest which the police found difficult to control.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, described it “unfortunate.”
“The said death did happen and it was indeed unfortunate. We commiserate with the family of the deceased, Ado Saleh, and enjoin the public not to use an isolated case of a police officer action to judge all police officers. We are investigating the matter and can assure the public that police loves the people.”
When asked for the name of the officer who fired the shot, he told newsmen he could not disclose that yet.
“I can’t say that now but I can tell you that we are investigating and the culprit will be brought to book”.
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