The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to reports making the rounds of the death of an okada rider who was allegedly killed by officers of the force.
The incident, which happened this morning along Ago Palace, Okota, Lagos, was captured on video and has since gone viral on social media after Instablog9ja shared it.
According to reports, the okada rider was chased to his death by bribe seeking officers who ran away from the scene after the incident.
But the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, has now put out a statement refuting the claims.
“The allegation is false and a complete misrepresentation of the facts," he said.
"The fact is that on 8th, May 2019 at about 6.05am the police at Ago Okota Police Station heard a loud sound few meters away from the station and rushed out to ascertain what was going on.
“They found a motorcyclist laying down in the pool of his own blood with his motorcycle on the ground. The victim was taken to the hospital but eventually died.”
According to Elkana, an eyewitness who was around the scene at the time of the accident, Mr Adedayo Benson, said the rider was riding on high speed when he ran into a road bump/speed breaker and suddenly applied his brake but was hit by a Camry car from behind. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene immediately after the accident.
“Investigation into the accident is ongoing to track and apprehend the driver of the Camry vehicle with a view to bringing him to justice,” he concluded.