Two bus drivers wearing military camouflage have been accused of beating Ben Thompson, a police inspector, and Caleb Akerele, an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, on the Eko Bridge on Wednesday.
The security men who were later transported to the hospital made an attempt to confront the military men, reportedly transporting people in commercial buses on a one-way route from Costain to Ijora Olopa.
Confirming the development, LASTMA spokesperson, Taofeek Adebayo, said the military officers have been apprehended.
“Two commercial buses fully loaded with passengers were driving one-way from Costain to Ijora Olopa and they were challenged by a policeman and a LASTMA officer, who asked them why there were plying one-way,” he said.
“After several pleas to turn back, the two commercial drivers, who were putting on army camouflage, descended on the two officers and started beating them. It took the intervention of a team of policemen from Ijora to rescue the officials,” he added.
“In the course of the operation, one of those drivers ran away with his vehicle, while the second driver was apprehended and his vehicle impounded in our office. The injured officers were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta. The policeman’s hand was severed with a jackknife; the LASTMA officer was injured on his cheek. The military officer has been detained at the Lagos State Police Command.”
Also confirming the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said the injured officers were “currently receiving treatment.”