BY EVELYN USMAN
LAgos police command Wednesday exonerated its men over the death of a 56-year-old driver of the Lagos State Ambulance Services, LASAMBUS, who was allegedly died on Tuesday evening, when he was stopped by some policemen attached to Surulere division for violating the new traffic law.
While some LASAMBUS staff accused the policemen of hitting the deceased, Jimoh Fasasi ,with the butt of their guns during a scuffle that ensued between them and the deceased, the Lagos State Police Command described the claim as untrue, asserting that the deceased slumped and died moments later in the hospital.
The late Fasasi was reportedly riding home on his motorbike on the fateful evening. However, on reaching Stadium Bridge around Barracks at about 7p.m., a team of policemen who were enforcing the new traffic law reportedly confiscated his motorcycle for plying the bridge, as action that is unlawful.
A LASAMBUS staff who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that the deceased contacted his office informing one Lateef, of the development.
According to the source; “Fasasi told Lateef that a policeman was beating him at Surulere, urging him to rush down. We were later told that as the policeman continued hitting him with the butt of his gun, he slumped in the process and started foaming in the mouth”
But when contacted,spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braid, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated emphatically that the policemen did not have a hand in Fasasi’s death.
“Rather, investigation conducted around the scene,” according to her, “revealed that after making calls on his phone, the deceased moved close to a petty trader who was selling soft drinks.
“When he got there, he started panting while the trader was staring at him. But after some time, he fell down and started shaking and foaming from the mouth. He was immediately rushed to the Island General Hospital, where the Divisional Police Officer was called at night to say he had died.”