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Police shoot bizman over alleged bribe

Posted by By PHILIP NWOSU on 2008/08/18 | Views: 1566 |

Police shoot bizman over alleged bribe


A Lagos businessman has called on the police authorities to check the excesses of men of The Nigeria Police attached to the Area E-command of the force in FESTAC town, Lagos, following alleged attempt on his life by police officers attached to the command.

A Lagos businessman has called on the police authorities to check the excesses of men of The Nigeria Police attached to the Area E-command of the force in FESTAC town, Lagos, following alleged attempt on his life by police officers attached to the command.

Identified as Alhaji Zayeed Abiola, the businessman was allegedly shot by some policemen in his business location at the Mile 2 Estate area of Lagos.
Daily Sun gathered that he was rescued by passersby who ferried him to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he is presently recuperating.

Alhaji Abiola was allegedly shot in the leg by some policemen following his refusal to offer them bribe.
Narrating his ordeal with the policemen, Alhaji Abiola said: “On that fateful day, an Okada man ran to me to complain that some persons were fighting with the driver of my trailer which is parked somewhere around the estate. Then I came down from my bus and quickly followed the Okadaman. On getting there I saw some drivers at the park that I cannot even recognize.”

He said that shortly after he arrived the scene, some policemen in plain clothes arrived the scene and before he could enquire from them what they wanted, they fired a shot which paralyzed his legs.
He said: “While I was trying to identify who the policemen were, some men in plain clothes emerged then they shot in the air. They made a lot of noise; they said, ‘you this baba, you don’t want to give us money. When they are making noise they are threatening us with gun, most of the people had run away.

“Then I moved closer to them, because I know I am not a criminal and asked which money they were talking about. The next thing I heard later was another gunshot, and the bullet hit me on the leg.
“I just fell down, I started crying for help. I shouted for help thinking they were armed robbers. When the disturbance had died down and they hid their car at the back of the park, about four or five of them; they came to see if I was dead and they saw I was groaning in pains, but they did not help, they only said they were coming and left me to die.”

Alhaji Zayeed named one Inspector Idioh as one of the policemen who led the attack on him, adding that the inspectors had been threatening his life for his refusal to give them money.

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