Fair-complexioned Ngozi Braide, who once served as the police image –maker for Lagos State, penultimate Wednesday, allegedly threw caution to the winds by publicly engaging in a hot exchange of abusive words with a second-hand bag seller.
The ugly incident occurred at the Vespa Bus Stop area of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway. An eye witness told our correspondent that the incident occurred at about 4.00pm.
According to our source, “Ngozi had driven to the second-hand materials market at Vespa area in company with a lady suspected to be her sister. She was actually interested in two white bags on display. The owner of the kiosk, where the bags were being sold, was not satisfied with the price and Ngozi temporarily left the Kiosk for a shoe shop to make some purchases.”
Our correspondent was informed that minutes later, “Ngozi returned to the kiosk, insisting on buying the two bags. While she bargained for N3, 000, the owner insisted on selling for N4, 500.”
"The ex-police image maker told the seller that she could only add N500, but the seller would not bulge, insisting that he would not sell below N4, 500"
At that juncture, the source said, “The ex-police image maker told the seller that she could only add N500, but the seller would not bulge, insisting that he would not sell below N4, 500.”
Our correspondent was told that what followed between the seller and the intending buyer was a serious altercation.
“When Madam Ngozi angrily threw the two bags on the floor, the seller was annoyed and demanded to know why she did that. All the while, the seller did not know the identity of the intending buyer as the two of them began to trade words.
“The two of them soon began to use foul language on each other. It got to a level that Ngozi appeared to have gained the upper hand. That was when her escort joined in the shouting match. Apparently realising the attention the matter had attracted from the crowd, who cheered and jeered, the seller’s younger brother too, joined,” he said.
It was at this point that, “Madam Ngozi made a call to someone that she had been pushed into the gutter by an irascible rascal selling second- hand goods by the road–side at Vespa Bus Stop. And within a period of five minutes, two patrol vehicles arrived at the scene and the two brothers were promptly arrested and taken to the station.”
Our correspondent gathered that the two traders were taken to the Ijanikin Police Station, where they were grilled for hours before being clamped into detention.
“It was while at the station that the two brothers realised that they were dealing with a police officer. And as a matter of fact, the suspects spent the night in a police cell, only to be released in the night of the following day,” a source said.
All the calls made to Braide, a superintendent of police, who is now serving at the Special Fraud Unit in Ikoyi Lagos were not picked as at the time of filing this report.
However, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Superintendent Dolapo Badmos, said her office would look into the matter.
“Give me time to make inquiries. I shall get back to you in a couple of minutes,” Badmos had said.