How mob beat policeman to death in Lagos for allegedly killing trader
Ado Ayuba, a police corporal who allegedly killed a trader in Suru Alaba, Lagos was lynched by an irate mob on July 30, 2013.
Reports say Ayuba was one of the policemen deployed to chase away traders who had illegally taken over a portion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
A senior policeman, who spoke to the press on the condition of anonymity, said, “Ayuba and the policeman were posted to the area to chase away traders who had taken over that portion of the road. The road is under construction by Chinese Construction Engineering Company and the company had complained that its makeshift construction site was being hijacked by traders.
“On the day of the incident, Ayuba and another policeman were dispersing the traders when things went wrong.
“We were told that the traders overpowered the policemen and in an attempt to protect himself and his colleague, Ayuba opened fire into the crowd and killed a trader (Mohammed).
“Ayuba’s colleague immediately fled, leaving him alone with the hoodlums. The hoodlums seized Ayuba’s gun from him, picked up stones and sticks and beat him up without mercy.
“Some soldiers arrived at the scene and attempted to rescue the policeman. But the soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the uncontrollable mob, which overpowered them and chased them away.”
Ayuba was said to have been found unconscious by the time the police back-up could arrive at the scene of the incident. He was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.
She said, “The matter is under investigation at the SCID. Investigations will reveal what happened.”