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Police confirm death of 2 students in Lagos truck accident

The police in Lagos have confirmed the death of two male students of Babs Fafunwa Millenium school, Ojodu, formerly known as Ojodu Grammar School in the accident involving a truck yesterday.

The truck with registration number APP 438 YA driven by one Bolaji Kabiru rammed into the students and other pedestrians killing the two students on the spot, injuring seven females and five male students.

 Lagos police spokesman, Adekunke Ajisebutu said traffic personnel from the Motor Traffic Department of the Ojodu Police Division immediately visited the scene.

Corpses of the dead students (identity not yet known) were evacuated with the support of officers of the FRSC and were deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.

The injured victims were taken to God’s Apple City Hospital, Ojodu Berger; St. Michael Hospital, Ojodu; and the Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate.

According to Mr Ajisebutu the erring driver has been apprehended and kept in police custody.

He however said the angry students who were later joined by hoodlums set the vehicle ablaze and also attacked the Ojodu Police Station in large number, demanding the release of the driver for jungle justice.

 But, when their demand was not met, they became violent during which they destroyed four vehicles parked in the premises of the police station and another mobile truck on the highway.

To avoid a total breakdown of law and order, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, immediately ordered the deployment of policemen comprising tactical teams, the Rapid Response Squad and others to the scene to maintain law and order.

The protesters were professionally dispersed with minimum force without resulting to any further injury. 

While commiserating with the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the accident, the Commissioner of Police appealed to sympathisers and other members of the public to allow the police to carry out a thorough investigation, and avoid seeking self-help.

Reporting by Adeniran Odufayo; Editing by Tina Oyinsan