Lagos – An angry mob burned down a police station in south-western Nigeria after police shot dead a driver at a checkpoint, a police spokesperson said on Friday.
The driver was killed in Uromi, on the outskirts of Benin City on Thursday, according to police spokesperson Fatai Kinyomi.
Nigerian newspapers reported the incident occurred after the driver refused to pay a 40 naira (about R1) bribe at the checkpoint, an allegation Kinyomi would neither confirm nor deny.
“The motorist died … and his colleagues mobilised and went on the rampage, looting the police station” before burning it down on Thursday, said Kinyomi, who called the riot “barbaric.”
None of the rioters was arrested, and the police are looking for the officer who shot the driver, said Kinyomi. It was not clear whether the officer was in hiding.