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Friday, 2 October 2015

Outrage In Lagos As Naval Rating Allegedly Kills Motorist

Commercial motorcyclists and tanker drivers on Thursday morning almost lynched a Naval rating in Lagos for allegedly causing the death of motorist.

The incident occurred at the Kirikiri area of the state, causing heavy gridlock on the busy road.
It was alleged that the ratings, who are attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) WEY, Ojo, had pulled a tanker motor-boy off the moving heavy duty vehicle for refusing to part with N1000.

The Nation gathered that the Naval personnel were also extorting between N500 and N1000 from tankers and trucks plying the road.

It was learnt that the deceased conductor had refused to give the security officials the bribe on grounds that they were yet to make any money for the day.
Angered by his response, the Naval operatives were said to have tried to impound the vehicle, which led to the driver speeding off. 
According to eyewitnesses, the ratings pursued the tanker and one of them, who’s yet to be identified, pulled the conductor to the ground, at which point the fleeing driver crushed him.

Unconfirmed report stated that the driver also hit a motorcycle killing its rider, as well as damaging a car marked BX941ABC, and a tricycle with registration number KSF342QE.

The death of the conductor sparked angered commercial motorcyclists and member of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), who were said to have beaten up the rating and locked him in a shop along the road.

All efforts by other unarmed Naval personnel to quell the rage was said to have been rebuffed until a team of armed Naval operatives allegedly arrived the scene and scared the angry mob with gunshots.
They were alleged to have whisked their colleague away, resulting in a protest by the aggrieved civilians.

According to one of the drivers who preferred anonymity, the deceased conductor was crushed and his skull was left on the ground.

He claimed that they were tired of harassment by security agents who extort money from them on daily basis.

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