A Keke rider, Anietie Bassey, died on Sunday after being allegedly hit on the head with a wheel spanner by a motorist, Innocent Christian, in Lagos.
Spokesman for the state command, Bala Elkanah, said in a statement that both men were contesting right of way when the motorist brought out the spanner and hit him twice on the head and sped off.
The statement reads “On 11th August, 2019 at about 2130hours, Surulere Police Station received a distress call from Randle Hospital Surulere, that one Aniete Bassay ‘m’, 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 Jeep had a misunderstanding on a major road along Akerele Street, Surulere by Falolu.
“That during the scuffle, the driver of the Jeep brought out a wheel spanner from his car and hit the deceased person twice on the head. The Jeep driver drove to unknown destination, immediately after the incident. A
“After a thorough and painstaking examination of available traces, the Jeep driver was identified as Christian Innocent ‘m’ 39years old of No 28 James Robertson Surulere and arrested by a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer Surulere, CSP Jimoh Jabaje on 12th August, 2019.
“He confessed to have engaged the deceased person in a fight over the right of way. That there was a vulgar abuse between him and the keke rider over who among them have the right of way as they both accused each other of rough driving. But there was no crash between the Jeep and the Keke. Suspect will be charged to court.”