There was anxiety at the Ketu Bus Rapid Transit depot in Lagos State after a man brought two big snakes to the office of the depot chairman, Chief Sunday Yusuf.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the man, Sunday Ogbaide, who was later arrested by the Ketu Police Division, said he was sent by a yet-to-be identified person to sell the snakes to the BRT boss.
Yusuf told PUNCH Metro that no one could explain how the suspect gained entrance into the depot.
He said, “I was in my office when the man presented two snakes to me. When I asked him what his mission was, he said he was sent by someone who told him that I would be interested in buying snakes.
“When I asked him to tell me the name of the person that sent him, he said he did not know the name of the person.
“I quickly raised the alarm and the security guards arrived. The man passed through three main gates before arriving at my office. No one could explain to me how he got in.”
It was learnt that in the ensuing pandemonium, people attempted to beat up the suspect for bringing the snakes.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the BRT boss was able to restore calm after which he called the Divisional Police Officer, Ketu, SP Justin Umar.
It was learnt that Umar sent some policemen to the scene to apprehend the suspects and kill the snakes.
Yusuf, who was thankful that the snakes did not kill anybody on the premises, described the incident as the handiwork of his detractors.
On getting to the station however, the suspect said he was a truck pusher at Ketu Market.
He said he got the snakes from Ibadan, Oyo State, and thought he could make a lot of money by selling the snakes to the BRT boss.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the suspect would be charged to court on Thursday (today).
Braide said, “Around 4.10pm, the BRT chairman of Ketu Depot made a distress call to the DPO who then sent his men there. The suspect was arrested with two big vipers. He will be charged with attempting to induce fear and wilfully endangering human life with dangerous animals.”