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Man nabbed for allegedly killing tricycle rider over right of way

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Detectives are holding one Christian Innocent, aged 39, for allegedly killing a commercial tricycle operator, ‘Keke Marwa’ during a scuffle around Surulere area of Lagos State.

According to the police spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, the command on Sunday at about 9:30a.m. in Surulere Police Station received a distress call from Randle Hospital Surulere, that one Aniete Bassey, a tricycle operator was brought to the hospital with a broken head, in the pool of his own blood but died on arrival.

“Information gathered by homicide detectives revealed that the deceased person and a yet to be identified person in a SUV had a misunderstanding on a major road along Akerele Street, Surulere by Falolu and that during the scuffle, the driver of the SUV brought out a wheel-spanner from his car and hit the deceased person twice on the head.

“The SUV driver, Innocent, drove to an unknown destination immediately after the incident. After a thorough and painstaking examination of available traces, the driver was identified as Christian Innocent, 39, of No. 28 James Robertson Street, Surulere and was arrested by a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Surulere, CSP Jimoh Jabaje, on Monday.

“He confessed to have engaged the deceased in a fight over the right of way and that there was a vulgar abuse between him and the Keke Marwa rider over whom among them over who actually owned the right of way as they both accused each other of rough driving. Curiously, there was no crash between the SUV and the tricycle. It was just a verbal disagreement that went awry. The suspect would however be charged to court,” he said.

Meanwhile, gunmen have killed the chairman of Bunu hunters, in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Caleb Oshe and his son, Sunday. They were killed in the early hours of yesterday. The State Government condemned the killings, saying those behind them will be apprehended and made to face the law.

The state police command also confirmed the killings. The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, while confirming the development, said a detachment of security operatives have been deployed to the area.He said: “The story is true. The Commander Kabba, DPO ‘A’ Division Kabba, (sole) administrator, Kabba/Bunu LGA, with his cabinet, and other security agencies visited the scene. The bodies of both father and son murdered in cold blood were seen lying on the floor.

“The Commissioner of Police (CP) has assured the family and the entire villagers that investigation is on, and the police will do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to book,” said Aya.

Governor Yahaya Bello has condemned the killings of the Oshes, saying that security agencies have been charged to ensure that those behind the murder are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

In a statement through his Director General (Media and Publicity), Kingsley Fanwo, the governor said that such is “unacceptable to his government and the people of Kogi State”.He called for restraint as security agencies have been deployed to ensure the arrest of the murderers.


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