Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

A little incident occurred on Saturday at the Simbiat Abiola Way in Ikeja, Lagos State, when a police corporal punched his boss.

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The yet-to-be-named corporal challenged Supol Edgar, the superior officer, for allegedly causing traffic at the intersection connecting the Awolowo Way.

The corporal then assaulted Edgar after they got into a disagreement.

According to information obtained by our correspondent, the policeman was unaware that Edgar was a police officer who lived nearby in a barracks.

When Edgar apparently called out to his barracks mates during the altercation, they reportedly surged out and hauled the cop inside.

Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, observed as the corporal was forcefully dragged into the police barracks.

An eyewitness, who identified himself only as Stanley for security reasons, said the problem was caused by a tricycle rider, who tried to navigate through some vehicles at the junction.

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He said,

“The Supol tried to caution a tricycle rider who tried to make his way past some vehicles and that led to the traffic jam. But when the corporal saw what was happening, he angrily rushed out of his car to confront him for causing a delay. That was how the argument started between them and even when the senior officer was telling him that he was also a police officer, he did not hear him out, as he kept on slapping and punching him. That was when the Supol called someone in the barracks and they came to carry him.”

A traffic warden, who was at the spot and begged not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the officer did not reveal his identity on time before the matter escalated.

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He said,

“I was controlling traffic when I saw a man arguing with someone in the tricycle. I approached him to know what was happening but he refused to answer me. I left him to continue what I was doing. It was later that I saw that traffic had started building up and by the time I went back to check what caused it, I saw both of them dragging each other.”

Lagos Corporal Assaults Senior Officer Over Traffic

Our correspondent also observed that before the corporal was taken into the barracks, he was stripped of his clothes and asked to kneel, while other senior officers in the barracks gathered around him.

Edgar threatened to lock him up at the Area F Police Command.

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The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.

He promised to respond after making inquiries. He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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