Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Enforcement Unit, popularly known as Taskforce have allegedly killed a yet-to-be-identified man in the Mile 2 area of Lagos State, causing tension in the area.
The incident happened on Tuesday morning, NIGERIACRIME gathered.
In a video being circulated on social media, a bonfire was set up by angry youths in the area on the expressway.
In the video, a man could be heard telling people to avoid the Mile 2 area, alleging that Taskforce officials had killed a man.
The voice was heard in the 18 second video saying, “Currently at mile 2. Taskforce has killed somebody. It’s a shutdown and it’s a no-go area. Please avoid Mile 2 area.”
Policemen have been deployed to the scene to curb the violence, according to the state police command.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Enforcement Unit also known as Taskforce, Raheem Gbadeyanka, said the agency’s officials were not at the scene.
He stated that, “It’s not us. Our men are not there.”
When asked if the state taskforce was carrying out any operation in the area, he responded in the negative, maintaining that the state taskforce was nowhere near the Mile 2 area.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, while reacting to the video on X (formerly Twitter), said policemen had been deployed to the scene.
“That claim cannot be confirmed yet. Information is still sketchy. However, I can confirm that police patrol teams have arrived at the scene. Obstacles are being cleared and free flow of traffic picking up again. Further updates to follow,” Hundeyin said on X Tuesday via @BenHundeyin.
Hundeyin also said the Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has arrived at the scene, adding “Investigation into the killing of a driver has commenced.”