A mild drama unfolded yesterday at Okota area of Lagos when some policemen, who mounted illegal checkpoint, took to their heels to evade arrest by policemen attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force.
The fleeing policemen reportedly fired some shots into the air, apparently to clear the way for their escape.
Unfortunately for two of them, they were arrested and whisked into the task force’s waiting van.
Eyewitnesses revealed: “The policemen mounted an illegal checkpoint in front of UBA bank, which caused a hitch in traffic on the already bad road.
“All of a sudden, we saw them running and shooting. Everyone concluded they had seen robbers and we also fled for dear life. One of the policemen jumped into a motorbike, while the other two were struggling for who to board first.
“Their colleague could not wait as he moved the motorbike, causing the two other policemen to fall. Yet they kept running and in the process, one of them fell inside a ditch.
“As his colleague made to jump over him, he missed his step and also fell down. They were both apprehended.”
The visiting policemen, as gathered, were members of the 16 teams deployed nationwide by the IGP, Solomon Arase, to effect the ban on road block and illegal checkpoints nationwide.
However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, when contacted, said he was not aware of any arrest of policemen by the IGP task force.
He said: “No policeman was arrested by the IGP Task Force in Lagos. The CP has since enforced the directive on road block and illegal checkpoint and the teams have concluded their assignment without any defaulters arrested.
“In fact, they commended Lagos State Command and the CP for a job well done.”