One person was shot dead and many injured on Wednesday when police and commercial drivers clashed in Mile 12 area of Lagos.
The policemen attached to Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit clashed with the drivers after some of them resisted arrest.
Punch reports that an eyewitness, Bewaji Lawal, said the drivers resisting arrest started pelting stones at the policemen who in turn shot live bullets and tear gas canisters. She said:
The police fought with the drivers this morning. They wanted to arrest the drivers but the drivers prevented the police personnel. But as the police insisted on arresting them, the drivers began to hurl stones at them.
It was then that the police personnel started firing shots in the air and at the crowd. They also fired tear gas canisters at the people. Apart from this, they arrested some drivers.
Spokesman of the agency, Adebayo Taofiq, said in a statement that the task force arrested seven notorious miscreants and a cult leader in response to a save our soul petition by the residents of the area. He said:
During the attack, an officer of the agency, Sergeant Damilola Adeojo, was seriously injured with cutlasses and broken bottles, and he is presently receiving treatment and undergoing series of tests at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
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