A policeman in Lagos, on Wednesday night, shot at a moving tricycle along Isheri/Ijegun road, killing the wife of the operator, Idongesit Ekpo, who was nursing a three month old child.
The reason for opening fire?
Well, the husband refused to part with the appropriate amount of bribe as he insisted that the people in the tricycle were not paying passengers, but his family members. According to eyewitnesses, the tricycle operator was returning from church with his wife and four children between the ages of 1 and 12 in the tricycle, when the police corporal flagged him down asking for the usual N100 bribe.
Ekpo, the man driving the tricycle, instead, handed the policeman a N20 note and drove on. The policeman with no regard for even the little children in the tricycle opened fire on the departing vehicle. At least one bullet passed through Mrs Ekpo’s skull, killing her on the spot, while her husband was hit in the jaw.
Doctors are said to be fighting to keep Mr. Ekpo alive.
As for the policeman, when he realized how bad the situation was, he alerted his team members and they all fled the scene.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, thereafter 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.
The children of Mr Ekpo, fortunately escaped unharmed – Mary, 12; Blessing, 9; Abraham, 7; and 11-month-old Elijah – and were at the Area ‘M’ command under police protection.