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SSS Officials Attacked Policemen Over N300 Toll Gate Fee At MMIA Airport Lagos

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SSS Officials Attacked Policemen Over N300 Toll Gate Fee At MMIA Airport Lagos

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Jan 21, 2015 – DSS Officials Attacked Policemen Over N300 Toll Gate Fee At MMIA Airport Lagos

A scuffle broke out at the tollgate of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, between some police officers and officials of the Department of State Service over toll fee.

An eyewitness, Wale Williams, said the DSS officials, who also had some policemen in their convoy of three vehicles, seized a toll collector for allegedly demanding money from them, saying they were “officers of the law.”

Williams said other policemen guarding the tollgate were subsequently locked in a hot exchange with the DSS operatives and at a point, the officers pointed guns at one another.

He said, “The incident happened around 2pm on Sunday at the tollgate when I was coming back from church.

“The DSS officers and a few policemen were in three vehicles; they all had private numbers. The men were carrying guns.

“When they approached the tollgate, the toll official asked for money, but they said they were officers of the law and declined to pay.

“But the official did not allow them to pass, insisting that they had to pay him. So, they forced their way in. Then, they came down and dragged the guy out of his office cubicle.”

He said the officers started pummelling the unidentified toll collector, and not done, attempted to squeeze him into the trunk of one of their vehicles.

The situation was said to have caused a gridlock on the road, as some other commuters alighted from their vehicles to plead with the officers.

Williams said the policemen attached to the tollgate radioed their station and were ordered to bring the officials to the Bissam Police Station.

“There were about five of the DSS and policemen there. When the toll policemen said they should follow them to the station, the convoy policemen drew their guns at the toll police officers.

“The DSS officials too, who had sophisticated arms, pulled them out and it became a free-for-all. It was a real madness,” he added.

It was learnt that the DSS officials later agreed to follow the policemen to the station, at which point, Williams said he left the scene.

Our correspondent visited the airport on Monday and met with some officials at the tollgate, who equally confirmed the incident.

It was learnt that according to the rules of the tollgate, cars are supposed to pay N200, while sport utility vehicles and buses are to pay N300.

A top staff member at the tollgate, who craved anonymity, said, “It was only one of them that was a DSS officer. But they all claimed to be VIPs and came out of their cars to harass the boy.

“We don’t give exceptions to people here. The boy suffered unjustly.”

[Reported By Samson Folarin, Punch Metro]

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. bezo

    January 21, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    power drunk fools fighting like children, no brain whatsoever

  2. JAMOON DEFINITION(GBS)

    January 21, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    Yeye de smell.

    • BENCH

      January 21, 2015 at 6:48 AM

      Jamoom you are get it correct. The yeye is ivun smell like mess.

  3. Don Omoniyi

    January 21, 2015 at 5:36 AM

    bunch of uneducated illiterates

  4. burkina faso

    January 21, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Poverty on uniform!!! Mtcheeeeew!!

  5. Femi

    January 21, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    All under Jonathan’s rule. Pure impunity.
    This country is in tatters. May God deliver us.

  6. Bradson

    January 21, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Show of shame,even with the daily collection of the toll gate fee at the Air port.
    Our Airport is rated one the worst Airport in Africa.

    Worst Airports in Africa 2014

    1 Khartoum International Airport, Sudan (KRT)
    2 Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo (FIH)
    3 Tripoli International Airport, Libya (TIP)
    4 Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania (DAR)
    5 Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola (LAD)
    6 Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria (PHC)
    7 Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Nigeria (ABV)
    8 N’Djamena International Airport, Chad (NDJ)
    9 Accra Kotoka International Airport, Ghana (ACC)
    10 Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria (LOS)

  7. Osobase wilson

    January 21, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    U na leave boko haram they fight u na self

  8. Uzoma

    January 21, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Stupid people fighting like kids. Only one of them was a DSS official. Others wanted to use him to pass the gate without paying and when the too collector rightly demanded that pay, the pummeled him. That is Nigeria for you, like former US secretary of State, Collin Powel once said, “corruption is Nigeria’s national culture”. Why did those fools refuse to pay only 300 Naira? and wants to pass under the cloak of DSS. They should be jailed and the toll collector they beat up compensated.

  9. Grace

    January 21, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Sad/////////////////////Shame//////////////////////Sad//////////////////////Shame/////////////////////////Sad//////////////////////Shame///////////////////////////sad.

    Our Nigeria culture of money harassment. Shame.

    You all note: you will never be blessed through bribery. If you collect bribe you will get no where. Note you may rich now through that N300 and at the end of their life they cry just like one policeman who is gone blind all children died because life turn him around. Think of the future and your generation. Bribe money is not from the heart. It is a curse. The people giving you this money is not with prayer and blessing so you who is collecting it you are collecting curses.

  10. DAN

    January 21, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Robeish.

  11. JJ

    January 21, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    I witnessed it. It was a show of shame . They not only manhandled the toll collector they also roughened up a young lady(toll collector) too. It is high time that the Nigerian authorities dealt with these thugs in uniform

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