Thursday, May 9, 2019

Police kill 'bike man over N100 bribe'

Residents of Okota in Isolo local governmnet area have accused men of the Lagos state police command of killing Aliu Rafiu, a motocycle rider in the area.

Information show that Rafiu, was on his way to work in the early hours of Wednesday when he was killed for refusing to pay the police men a bribe of N100.

The video of the incident has since gone viral.  A resident, Adebayo Ishola, explained that only commercial tricycle riders were allowed to ply the road where the victim was found.

He explained that because commercial motorcyclists were banned from using the road, policemen usually extorted money from those who plied the road.

Ishola said Rafiu had been chased and caught by two policemen namely; Monday, and Ekene, as the former hit the victim with a baton on the head.

Ishola said: “This morning when we saw the body on the road, there was another motorcyclist at the scene. The motorcyclist said two policemen, Monday and Ekene, were responsible for the man’s death.

“Another person confirmed the presence of Monday at the scene. They were trying to extort money from the rider after he was apprehended. Monday used the butt of his gun to hit him and he fell. Blood started flowing from his head.

“Immediately they saw that the blood did not stop, they abandoned him and ran inside their station. I heard a motorist who drove behind the motorcyclist saying Monday and Ekene were the culprits”.

The man filming the video could be heard cursing the police as he announced the area where the incident happened.

Rafiu was confirmed dead at the Isolo General Hospital.

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement, said the police had no hand in the death.

Bala said: “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a video being circulated on the social media in respect of a commercial motorcyclist said to have been chased to his death by a police officer. The allegation is false and a complete misrepresentation of the facts.