An unidentified man jumped to death while a pregnant woman was killed on Tuesday during a face-off between policemen and illegal train passengers at Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday.
A policeman, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said some of the illegal passengers had been seen with guns on Monday.
He said in the process of trying to arrest them, the illegal passengers fought back.
He said, “Since these illegal train passengers learnt that people usually take their pictures, they climb the train with dangerous objects such as stones and sticks which they throw at people taking their photographs.
“On Monday, however, we learnt that two people hanging on a train wielded guns, so we decided to catch them the following day. This morning (Tuesday), some policemen in mufti were inside the train while others attached to the Rapid Response Squad stationed near the railway crossing.
“We immediately accosted them but in the process, one of them fell off the train and was crushed. Some of them were throwing stones in the process and some people on the ground were hit. A pregnant woman was hit and she also died.”
The incident was said to have caused pandemonium at the PWD end of Agege Motor Road, causing a traffic snarl.
It was learnt that 19 suspects had been arrested while ammunition was recovered from them.
When contacted on the telephone, the spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, promised to find out what happened.