There was pandemonium on Monday in the Agemowo area of Badagry, Lagos State, when angry herders reportedly attacked and killed a commercial bus passenger after the vehicle hit their cow.
Naija News gathered that the commercial bus popularly called Danfo had run into two cows, killing one of the cows.
After the incident, the vehicle’s driver had run away for fear of attack by the herders.
This newspaper understands that the herders from the northern part of the country later attacked someone they mistook for the conductor of the vehicle, stabbing and killing him.
This led to massive protests in the area, with residents reportedly apprehending two herders before police swooped in to rescue and arrest them before they were lynched.
Confirming the incident in a post on Twitter, the Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, said investigations have commenced over the killing.
He wrote: “A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry, killing one of the cows. The two cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. Angry residents blocked the highway in protest of the killing.
“The DPO, Morogbo Division, assisted by soldiers from 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry, successfully cleared the obstruction. Normalcy has since returned to the area. It is entirely false that the victim was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station.
“He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone reach the station. Meanwhile, the two herders have been arrested. An investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently.”
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