There was mild drama on Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja, in Lagos state on Saturday, when a police corporal attacked his superior during an altercation.
PUNCH Metro understood that the yet-to-be-identified corporal had confronted the senior officer, who was identified as Supol Edgar, with causing traffic at the intersection connecting Awolowo Way.
This led to an argument, when the Corporal punched Edgar.
Our correspondent learned that the police officer was unaware that Edgar was a police officer who lived in a barracks near the crime scene.
During the confrontation, Edgar reportedly reached out to his colleagues in the barracks, who stormed out and bundled the policeman into their premises.
Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, saw the corporal being forcibly dragged into the police barracks.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Stanley only for safety reasons, said the problem was caused by a tricycle attempting to navigate some vehicles at the intersection.
He said: “The Supol tried to warn a tricycle that was trying to pass some vehicles and that led to the traffic jam. But when the corporal saw what was going on, he angrily ran out of his car to address him for causing delay. Thus began the argument between them and even when the senior officer told him that he was also a police officer, he did not hear him, as he continued to punch and punch him. That was when the Supol called someone into the barracks and they came to carry him.”
A traffic warden, who was on the scene and pleaded not to be identified as he was not authorized to speak about the case, said the officer did not reveal his identity in time for the case to escalate.
He said: “I was directing traffic when I saw a man arguing with someone in the tricycle. I approached him to find out what was going on, but he refused to answer me. I left him to continue. “Going on with what I was doing. Later I saw the traffic start to build up and by the time I went back to see what was causing it, I saw them both dragging each other.”
Our correspondent also noted that before the corporal was taken to the barracks, he was stripped of his clothes and asked to kneel while other senior officers in the barracks gathered around him.
Edgar threatened to lock him up with the Area F Police Command.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.
He promised to respond after making inquiries. At the time of submitting this report, he had not yet done so.