A KAI official (Kick Against Indiscipline ), Moshood Ayeni, lost his life after angry street hawkers reacted to the arrest of two of their own, Jeremiah Nnana and Orich Nwofokoh, by his team at Iyana-Oworo area of Lagos.
In a press statement released by the agency’s spokesperson, Alabi Rahmat, it was gathered that the mob pelted the KAI official vehicle with stones, one of which hit the deceased who fell him from the moving vehicle.
“The officials were coming from an assignment when they saw the traders hawking in the traffic by car wash and arrested the duo of Jeremiah Nnana and Orich Nwofokoh, who were both selling sausage and phone accessories in the traffic.
“The suspects were taking into the agency vehicle with registration number KRD 643 DS. Suddenly the suspect’s colleagues who had escaped came back and pelted the officials with stone.
“The traders started shouting and calling the KAI official’s thieves. The stones thrown by the rampaging hawkers hit our personnel on his head inside the vehicle and he fell down from the moving vehicle and became unconscious.
“He was rushed immediately to the state emergency centre, where he was revived and later referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.”
KAI Marshal General, Jimoh Amusat, a Chief Superintendent of Police (rtd.), while condemning the death of the personel said it was a barbaric act on the part of the street traders.
Amusat said the deceased was only doing his lawful duty, when the hawkers unleashed mayhem and attacked the officials of the agency.
He however, said the brigade would not be deterred in combating the menace of the illegal highway traders and hawkers within the metropolis.
While commiserating with the deceased’s family, he said the corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.