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Man crushes driver during argument in Ogun

A 26-year-old man, Adeyemi Babatunde has been arrested by the police in Ogun State for allegedly killing a 46-year-old driver, Obafunsho Ismail, over a minor argument.

The state police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident in Abeokuta, the state capital.

According to him, the tragedy occured on December 8 at about 08:00 pm, when the suspect, who drove a Lexus jeep with “Olu of Oya” customized number plate, hit the victim’s car from the rear, causing damage to the said car’s rear light.

“The deceased, Ismail Obafunsho, there and then came down from his car, and asked the suspect to come down for them to assess the extent of the damage in order to find a solution to it,” he explained.

“But the suspect, Adeyemi Babatunde, refused to come down from his own vehicle and was making an effort to run away.

“This infuriated the deceased who insisted that the suspect must come down, and he consequently sat on the bonnet of the suspect’s car in order to prevent him from escaping from the scene.

“The suspect, Adeyemi Babatunde, later came down and warned the deceased to leave the bonnet of his car if he didn’t want to waste his life.

“He then went back into the car, drove at high speed, which made the deceased fall down from the car, and the car ran over him. Not satisfied, the suspect also reversed the vehicle and ran over the deceased again to ensure that he actually died.

“After completing the act, he ran away with the vehicle.

“He was later traced to his father’s house at Kemta Idi aba area of Abeokuta where he was arrested by men of State Motor Traffic Division, on the 20th of December 2022. The vehicle he used to commit the crime was recovered at the station as well.”

The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and prosecution.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor