Truck crushes 17 schoolchildren in Lagos
Through Christophe Oji
The It was a pandemonium yesterday in the Ogba neighborhood of Lagos as a truck crushed 17 students to death and injured many more.
The truck was being sued by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials for breaking traffic laws, and the truck driver accelerated to avoid being stopped.
It was while trying to escape FRSC agents that he crushed students at Millennium High School and Ojodu-Senior High School.
Seeing the extent of the carnage he caused, the truck driver increased his speed, but was chased by more than 500 commercial bikers (Okada) who eventually caught up with him next to the Excellence Hotel Ogba, where all hell broke loose.
A police traffic policeman who was at the roundabout in front of the Excellence Hotel said: âWhen the driver was arrested he was being manhandled, but the quick intervention of the G area police, Ogba, saved the man from the lynching.
A witness Jim Udi said the driver’s rescue did not go well with Okada runners and some students from both schools whose colleagues were killed as they quickly bought fuel and used a lighter to set the vehicle on fire.
They also attempted to set fire to other trucks, but the massive reinforcement of police from the Rapid Intervention Squad, Area G Command, Iju and Ojodu Divisions saved the day.
A student, Damian Ugoagabra, said the death toll may have increased as many people were seriously injured.
However, the public relations officer of the Lagos State Police (PPRO), CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the number of victims had not yet been determined at the time of filing the report, while normalcy was returned to the region.
Meanwhile, the FRSC has denied any involvement of its officials in the crash.
FRSC’s public education official, Highway Commander Olabisi Sonusi, said in a statement: An unverified number of students died and many were injured.
âThe FRSC men were called by passers-by to help respond to the accident.
About seven of the victims were rescued and immediately taken to the Lagos State Emergency Center in Ojota by FRSC staff, while another road user helped transport about seven also to the same. emergency center.
âThe general public should ignore the disgruntled reports circulated by some unscrupulous elements that the FRSC men caused the crash.
We want to note that our men were in no way involved in the cause of the accident, as patrol activities were not underway along this axis at the time of the accident.