Operatives of the Nigerian Police, Lagos state Command, on Monday arrested some suspects in the Berger area of the state after the lifeless body of a bus driver was found near a motor park.
The deceased, simply identified as Wasiu, was alleged to have been dumped close to the entrance of the park at midnight.
According to reports, the late driver, who plied the Ishaga-Fagba route, engaged in a heated argument with a colleague from another park on Sunday, which escalated into a fight between them.
According to an eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said,“ Wasiu picked a fight with someone at the park and went to pick a bottle. But when he smashed it on the ground, the broken pieces hit the baby of a nearby alcohol seller; the little child started bleeding.”
However, claims that the baby, who was rushed to a hospital, died, angered his father, identified as Ikman.
The eyewitness said Ikman mobilised his colleagues and attacked Wasiu with weapons until he became unconscious.
Journalists who saw the corpse, observed that there was no mark of violence on the body, except the swollen face.
Some of his colleagues, who also witnessed the incident, said he might have suffered internal bleeding.
Another source said, “Ikman was a close friend to Wasiu. He also drives a commercial bus plying the Berger-Obalende route. Wasiu would not have died, but Ikman deliberately left him unconscious on the floor after the attack without any attempt to revive him.”
Some road transport workers at the bus park, believed to be friends of the deceased, protested the decision to leave the body at the park, as one of them claimed it was an attempt to implicate them. A team of police officers from the Ojodu division arrived at the scene shortly and calm was restored.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased, who arrived from Ibadan that Monday morning, were making arrangements to take the body of the deceased Lagos bus driver for burial. It was also gathered that the police resisted the move.
The body was later taken by the police, who were joined by relatives of the deceased in a truck.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.