There was pandemonium on Thursday at Kara on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as a female MOPOL fired teargas canister inside a commercial bus because she was allegedly asked to pay N 300 fare.
The woman, whose picture was taken on the scene and given by one of the passengers, had reportedly boarded the bus from Berger in Lagos en route to Mowe in Ogun State.
It was gathered that the 14-seater bus carrying children aged between two and seven, and adults, began the journey from the bus park, but the woman refused to pay fare.
“The conductor demanded N300 fare from her, but the woman snapped that she was an officer and would not pay. The conductor told the woman that it was too early for him to incur such a loss. That he would have given her a free ride if it were in the evening.
“An argument ensued and passengers supported the conductor that the policewoman should pay her fare. She was asked to alight if she didn’t want to pay. When the bus got to Kara, the woman shouted that she would deal with the conductor and his driver.
“Suddenly she fired teargas canister inside the bus and this caused commotion. People scampered for safety. Others jumped off the bus,” a passenger told our correspondent.
It was gathered by The Nation that passersby and passengers dispossessed the policewoman of the teargas canister, which was later handed over to an Inspector-General of Police (IG) X-Squad team from Alagbon that was driving pass.
The team, headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Bulus Bitrus, was said to have taken the conductor, driver and the policewoman to a police station near Kara (Warewa) where a complaint was lodged.
Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said no report was made at the station about a policewoman teargassing passengers, adding that he was told the issue was resolved and those arrested released.