An unidentified policeman was severely beaten by a mob after an incident in the Ketu area of Lagos State.
The violence erupted when a man named Yusuf was allegedly pushed by policemen, causing him to collide with a BRT bus.
The mob blamed the policemen for the accident, stating that they were attempting to seize Yusuf’s vehicle. In the process, a BRT bus hit Yusuf, leading to his collapse. Witnesses reported that Yusuf sustained injuries, while the beaten policeman’s torn uniform was a visible result of the attack.
Eyewitnesses speaking to journalists also recounted how bystanders rushed to help Yusuf regain consciousness, as policemen from the Ketu Divisional Police Station tried to assist their injured colleague.
“The policemen caused this; they were the ones that were trying to dispossess the man of his vehicle and while trying to push the man out of the vehicle, they pushed him on the BRT lane and an incoming bus ran into the man,” an eyewitness said.
Another eyewitness said the policemen, after realising that Yusuf had been crushed by the BRT, attempted to flee the scene but an angry mob apprehended one of them.
He said, “It was people that beat the policeman till he fainted. He has not died because I still observed that he was breathing. People were annoyed about what they did to that man.
“The man sustained serious injuries, look at him lying unconscious on the floor and his blood on the road.”
People rushed to the rescue of Yusuf who was seen lying motionless on the BRT lane.
While some people were seen pouring water on him to make him regain consciousness, policemen attached to the Ketu Divisional Police Station attempted to rescue their colleague who also lay motionless on the ground.
The uniform of the brutalised policeman had been torn due to the impact of the attack on him by the angry mob.
People were also seen lamenting over the incident and blaming the policeman and his colleagues for causing the accident.
During an examination of Yusuf’s injuries caused by the accident, eyewitnesses observed a significant gash on his right arm as he was being hurriedly placed into a vehicle for transportation to a hospital.
Officers from the Ketu Division swiftly arrived at the scene to bring about order. The unidentified policeman who was involved in the incident was also promptly taken to the hospital for medical attention.
When approached, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the State Police Public Relations Officer, mentioned that he would provide further information.