A Lagos based man whose name is still unknown has been murdered by cattle herders on Monday after he was mistaken for the driver of a bus that knocked down one of their cows in the Agemowo area of Badagry, Lagos state.
It was learned that the driver of a J Five commercial bus with registration number FKJ 756 XH was approaching Badagry with full speed from Mile when two cows suddenly crossed the expressway.
The driver accidentally crushed one of the cows to death.
Upon sighting the accident ,the herders at Agbo-Malu area of Badagry began to chase the bus.
Fortunately, the driver managed to escape unhurt while the bus conductor who was still on the bus tried to escape but he could not run much when he was caught by the herders.
They removed his clothes and beat him till he became unconscious. The headers pounced on him again when he rose, moving toward Mowo Police station to seek refuge for the fear of being killed.”
The Lagos state Police command Public Relation Officer SP Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the developments to newsmen in Lagos.
According to Hundeyin, the deceased was killed after a commercial driver killed one of the cows belonging to the herders in the early hours of Monday.
He said “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. Investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently”. He said.