Upper Igun Road area in Benin City, the Edo State capital has gone aflame following the death of an about-to-wed man reportedly caused by a policeman.
An eyewitness said the police stopped a man and his fiancée after they allegedly disobeyed traffic rules and demanded him to pay N2, 000.
The source said the defaulters pleaded to pay N1, 700 as they had nothing on them because of their forthcoming wedding but the officer refused.
His refusal to pay the said amount angered one of the police officers, who allegedly pushed him into a moving trailer and he was crushed to death on the spot.
The officers disappeared from the scene after they realized the man had been crushed to death.
The incident sparked violence in the area as youths of the community set the police vans ablaze.
“As we speak, they are threatening to burn down the divisional headquarters. Upper Igun is on fire as we speak,” the source said
Speaking with DAILY POST on phone, a police officer, who would not want his name mentioned because he was not authorized to speak on the incident, claimed that the deceased was trying to snatch the officer’s gun.
“The man (deceased) was trying to snatch his gun and he had to push him away. It was not deliberate. He never saw the trailer coming,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Police spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, could not be reached for comment at the time of this report.