A motorcycle rider identified as Ademola Moshood has been shot dead by policemen allegedly attached to Soloki Police Station, Surulere Lagos.
Moshood who was a few blocks away from his house was shot from close range I the head for refusing to offer N200 as a bribe after he was beaten by the officers.
Three officers simply identified as AK, Patrick and an unknown officer, allegedly involved in the act, were on patrol when they sighted Moshood at Kilo bus-stop in Surulere, stopped him and started demanding for money.
Eyewitness in the area say it had become a routine activity for police to extort money from commercial bus drivers and motor-cyclists in the area.
“The officers stopped the deceased and were trying to extort money from the motorcyclist, but he did not give them because he said he had closed for the day and was only heading home.
“The officers insisted that he must give them money and weren’t listening to anything he was saying. Next thing we knew, one of them went to his side, placed his gun to the Okada rider’s head and shot him.”
Another eyewitness said the police on noticing that the man had died, immediately fled the scene with the deceased’s bike while abandoning the body. “When they saw that he was dead, they took off in their patrol van with the dead man’s motorcycle, while leaving him on the floor in a pool of blood at the bus stop.”
Yet another eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Mr. Emmanuel, confirmed that one officer, popularly known as AK, led the team on patrol that shot Moshood. “AK led the team of policemen on the extortion mission with two other officers, and he was the one who pulled the trigger after the motorcyclist refused to drop something for them.
“The man was less than a minute from his house. He had already closed for the day and so he couldn’t give them money, but they refused to let him go. The officers started beating him with a baton and later shot the man and took his bike away. The policemen in this area are always in the habit of extorting money from road users,” he said.
Some residents, who witnessed the incident, stormed the Soloki police station, Aguda Division, to report the crime. They said on getting to the station, they sighted the officers hiding behind a police van. They were, however, dispersed by officers on duty, who shot at them.