By Chiamaka Okwara
In a shocking incident on Tuesday morning, area boys and trailer drivers in Mile 2 took to the streets to express their outrage over the shooting and killing of a trailer driver by members of the Lagos State Task Force.
Tragically, the clashes that ensued during the protest resulted in the loss of four lives.
According to an eyewitness account reported by News Express, the trailer driver was flagged down by men of the task force who demanded money but the driver told them he had already settled their people at the Coca Cola Bus stop and did not have any money left to give them. The eye witness said the policemen dared the driver to move an inch without giving them money.
The driver entered the vehicle, turned on the ignition, and was about to move when one of the officers shot him twice. They reportedly opened the truck, brought him out, and put him in the back of their Hilux van, and drove towards Maza Maza, the source told News Express.
Upon realizing that the driver had tragically lost his life, the task force members returned to the scene and dropped his body beside the trailer. The area boys in Mile 2 who witnessed the incident immediately raised the alarm and swiftly took action by blocking the road and igniting tires as a form of protest.
In response to the escalating situation, a reinforced team of police and army personnel arrived at the scene and used tear gas to disperse the protesters. At present, the police have yet to provide any official statement regarding the incident.