Video captures British tourist being shot at at toll gate in Lagos

The shooting of a British tourist near the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Friday night was recorded in hours of surveillance footage that remains under investigation. The 30-year-old, from Cardiff, died two days…

Video captures British tourist being shot at at toll gate in Lagos

The shooting of a British tourist near the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Friday night was recorded in hours of surveillance footage that remains under investigation.

The 30-year-old, from Cardiff, died two days after he was shot while he was queuing to pay at the toll gate that separates Lekki on the coast of Lagos Island from the Lekki-Epe toll bridge over a lagoon. The toll gate is one of the most highly trafficked points on Lagos Island and can lead to traffic gridlock for miles in both directions. The identities of the dead man and his family have not been revealed, but the majority of the British media has reported that he was a visitor.

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A driver, driving behind the tourist’s car, told the Guardian he believed the British man may have stopped at the toll gate to pay his toll, but saw that the man suddenly started shooting at his car.

The driver, who did not want to be named, said: “The man who shot him was trying to lure his car. The car stopped suddenly and he fired at it several times. I was too scared to do anything and just drove on to the next toll booth.

“I managed to pick up the British man and was able to call the Nigerian police. I hope they can arrest the killer as soon as possible. The British man had come in the back of a Mercedes 4×4.”

A few hours after the shooting, a car with diplomatic plates was stopped by the Lekki police chief, Peter Osi, at a checkpoint, according to newspaper reports in Nigeria.

The Guardian has not been able to ascertain the role of the police station on the estate in relation to the shooting. However, the highly militarised police protection of the toll gate has long been used by armed officers who patrol the area. While officers have not carried firearms to the toll gate in decades, there is no evidence that the man shot was carrying any dangerous weapon.

Darell Tunde, who lives in a block of flats along the toll gate and saw the shooting, told the Guardian: “The man who killed the British tourist fired two shots and then he was still firing – maybe he wanted to scare people away – and when they ran away he shot at them again. I saw one of the British man’s shoes on the ground near the place where his friend tried to give his phone to the policeman.”

Ben Coyle, the former UK ambassador to Nigeria, said of the shooting: “I am surprised this has happened. What is also surprising is that no other officers have been found. This is another blow to Nigeria’s image as a ‘safe place’.

“Somebody who died in the middle of a place could have been in trouble. Lagos is dangerous but it is also exciting. People come here from all over the world to find life or death experiences. For this to happen now is shocking.”

Nick Lowles, chief executive of anti-terror campaign group Hope Not Hate, said: “There are numerous law enforcement agencies in the country and some people may take precautions, but there can be little question that the authorities could have done more to make safety safer.”

There was no obvious connection to terrorism, police said, but the shooting has sparked a national debate over security arrangements at the toll gate.

Ahmed Itanyi, head of national security and emergency management for Lagos state, told the Guardian: “There has been no claim of responsibility for this. We don’t even know if this was an act of theft or robbery.”

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