An unnamed Hausa Youth from Adamawa state, was learnt to have jumped over the Obalende Bridge, Lagos on Thursday and died instantly, on spotting operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences, as he thought they were after him.
According to PM News, the Taskforce Officials stormed Obalende to enforce the law on Environmental Sanitation when the incident occurred.
An eyewitness, John – trader – said, at about 6:30 p.m, the deceased from Adamawa State, North East Nigeria, was watching the Taskforce Officials from the top of the bridge as they were dislodging street traders and illegal motorcycle operators under the bridge beside the Oando Filling Station when he suddenly sighted another Taskforce Officials’ patrol van in the opposite direction.
According to John, the deceased presumed he would be the next to be captured by the Taskforce Officials, in a bid to circumvent the arrest he jumped over the bridge and landed on top of the iron beautification barriers under the bridge.
He sustained serious injuries on his head and other parts of his body and died instantly.
The trader stated that immediately the incident occurred a mob attacked the Taskforce officials, vandalized their vehicle and pursued them towards the 3rd Mainland Bridge.
The witness said the Taskforce Officials were able to escape the irate mobs by shooting in the air to scare them away.