Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Enforcement Unit, popularly known as Taskforce, had allegedly killed a yet-to-be-identified man in the Mile 2 area of Lagos State.
A video being circulated on social media on Tuesday morning showed a bonfire suspected to have been set up on the expressway by youths in the area.
This was even as the state police command said police officers have been deployed to the scene.
A man could be heard in the viral video telling people to avoid the Mile 2 area, alleging that Taskforce officials had killed a man.
“Currently at mile 2. Taskforce has killed somebody. It’s a shutdown and it’s a no-go area. Please avoid Mile 2 area,” the voice was heard saying in the 18-second video.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Taskforce, Raheem Gbadeyanka, said the agency’s officials were not at the scene.
When asked if the state taskforce was carrying out any operation in the area, he responded in the negative, maintaining that the state taskforce was nowhere near the Mile 2 area.
“It’s not us. Our men are not there,” he said.
However, Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, has also reacted to the video on X (formerly known as Twitter).
Hundeyin said policemen had been deployed to the scene.
”That claim cannot be confirmed yet. Information is still sketchy. However, I can confirm that police patrol teams have arrived at the scene. Obstacles are being cleared and free flow of traffic picking up again. Further updates to follow,” Hundeyin said on his official handle on X (@BenHundeyin).
Hundeyin also said the Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, has arrived at the scene, adding “Investigation into the killing of a driver has commenced.”