The Lagos State Police Command has launched a manhunt for three yet-to-be-identified persons for allegedly killing a Bureau De Change operator, Ibrahim Mohammed, on Billings Way in the Oregun area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspects, who had foreign currency, drove an unregistered vehicle to the Alade Market, Allen Avenue area of Ikeja, around 7am, for a foreign exchange transaction with any of the BDC operators.
Ibrahim, who was into the business of changing money, was said to have attended to them and gave the suspects, who were sitting inside their car, the sum of N560,000.
While standing beside the car, the Kebbi State indigene had told his partner, one Aliu, to help him get the sum of N100,000 to balance the suspects in exchange for the foreign currency when the car suddenly zoomed off.
In a bid to retrieve his money, Ibrahim jumped on the SUV, gripped the roof handle as the suspects drove out of the market while the suspects in an attempt to cut Ibrahim loose, crushed him on a gate and a container-laden truck, which was parked by the roadside causing him to die on the spot, while the suspects escaped with the money.
During a visit to the market on Tuesday, one of Ibrahim’s colleagues, Muhammed Hassan, said the stolen money belonged to Ali, adding that Ibrahim held to the detached roof handle even after he had died.
The deceased’s uncle, Muhammed Adamu, said the BDC operators had always been cautioned to stop dealing with customers in their vehicles, adding that the tragedy would have been averted if Ibrahim had heeded the warning.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said an investigation was ongoing into the incident, adding that the command had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspects in order to arrest and prosecute them.
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