If you live in Lagos, Nigeria and you use the popular 14/18-seater commuter buses (danfo) then you will understand why ‘uniformed’ men (Police, Soldiers, even Lastma, FRSC etc) do not pay for bus fares. They are popularly referred to as ‘Staff’
Most of these ‘uniformed men’ wear their full uniform, or in most cases, a beret, T-shirt or something to identify with their ‘uniform power’ and supposed right not to pay for bus fares.
But this bus conductor was different, and for insisting that a soldier who boarded his vehicle must pay his fare, a commuter bus (danfo) driver has paid with his life.
The unidentified danfo driver with vehicle number LSD 451 XG parked at Obalende Bus Stop, near the BRT bus park, was said to have refused to move his vehicle from the park when the soldier who was in a mufti refused to pay the N100 bus fare.
An argument was said to have ensued between them during which the soldier, said to be from Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, strangled the driver.
The soldier, it was learnt, attempted to run after the deadly duel but commuters and passersby who witnessed the scene arrested him and told him to carry the corpse to the hospital.
Sensing that the soldier was about to be mobbed, a policeman at the scene phoned his colleagues at the Kam Selem Police Divisional Headquarters, Moloney Street and four police patrol vehicles with policemen arrived the scene.
A detachment of armed soldiers from nearby Dodan Barracks also arrived the scene to prevent the culprit from being killed by the mob.
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