A police inspector attached to the Elere Police Station in Agege, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has been arrested for killing a commuter bus driver, Ibrahim Fagbohun, 29, through accidental discharge.
The culprit identified as Inspector Ibrahim Abdullahi is being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, pending conclusion of investigations.
It was gathered that the bus driver was shot dead on Thursday at Ile-Epo along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in the midst of his colleagues who were trying to apprehend an alleged thief.
The detained police inspector, it was learnt, was on patrol with other policemen when they sighted the drivers who are members of an association called "Corporate Drivers" trying to apprehend a man for allegedly stealing two tyres.
Inspector Abdullahi fired in the air and inadvertently shot Fagbohun on the forehead. The bus driver was confirmed dead at Oke Odo General Hospital.
The Chairman of Corporate Drivers, Rahmon Okanlawon said: "We were trying to apprehend the man who stole our tyres when a police patrol team came.
The Inspector jumped down and started firing indiscriminately in the air. The bullet hit one of our members, Ibrahim Fagbohun, on the forehead and he died immediately. When we rushed him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead."
Okanlawon said he was also arrested by the policemen from Elere and taken to the station where he was detained. Meanwhile, the Civil Society Club of Nigeria, led by Comrade Babatunde Ashafa, has called on the state Commissioner of Police to investigate the murder and bring the culprit to book.
"We asked the drivers not to foment trouble over the murder and allow the law to take it course. The IGP must probe the murder and ensure that justice is done," Ashafa pleaded.
Also commenting on the murder, Lagos Police Command Spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the arrest of the Inspector, adding that he had been detained at the SCID for interrogation.
"We have arrested the Inspector and he has been detained at the SCID. We are interrogating him and if he is found guilty, he will be prosecuted," Braide stated.
Area 'G' Police Division Commander, Abdullahi Danbaruba, under whose jurisdiction the murder falls, also confirmed the arrest of the Inspector. The deceased had two children, Rasheed, 4 and Nimota, three months.