By Evelyn Usman
A police constable was at the weekend stabbed to death during a clash between factions of a transport union in Ajegunle area of Lagos.
The incident came barely one week after a violent protest over the alleged killing of a 25-year-old man by some policemen from Ajeromi division who were on a raid.
Eye witness said trouble started Saturday, following a heated argument over the establishment of a tricycle park at Agogo area of the local government, a development that was kicked against by some members of union. The tricycle, as gathered, was intended to pick passengers from Okoya to Alaba.
The argument was said to have degenerated into a fight during which dangerous weapons which included knives, broken bottles and cutlasses were used.
Just at that moment, a man whose mother was said to be one of the gladiators of the union, was attacked while alighting from the motorcycle, apparently thinking he had come to defend his mother popularly known as â€œmama danfo.â€
He was said to have been stabbed several times and thereafter abandoned in the pool of his blood before members of his motherâ€™s faction came to his rescue.
Effort to save his life failed as he reportedly died moment before being rushed to the hospital
The victim, identified simply as Gbenga, was later discovered to be a policeman. Constable Gbenga, as gathered, was recently transferred to Lagos from Kwara State.
His death reportedly sparked off a renewed violence as members of his motherâ€™s faction reportedly took to the road, brandishing their weapons and chanting war songs, daring their opponents to come out.
Shop owners hurriedly locked up for the day for fear of being injured or have their wares stolen by hoodlums who were likely to hijack the situation.
But for the intervention of policemen from different divisions under Area â€˜Bâ€™, Apapa, personally led by the Area Commander, Mr Abrimson, the situation would have assumed a more violent dimension, as the aggrieved factions had reportedly started unleashing mayhem on innocent passers-by.