Two passengers aboard a motorcycle were killed by policemen who were allegedly driving against traffic along the popular Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday, November 18, 2019.
Policemen crushed 2 dead then fled the scene
According to eyewitness reports, the policemen who were driving a Toyota HILUX van numbered GGE 960 DD fled the scene after the accident happened at about 10:50 am. People around rushed the survivor to the hospital while the remains of the deceased were evacuated to the Lagos State Emergency Center.
Following the accident, several motorcyclists in the area rose in protest and threatened to set the van ablaze.
Motorists nearby threatened to burn the patrol van if the authority didn't give a clear answer
An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) who reportedly spoke in anonymity disclosed that they received a distress call about the accident, and rushed down to the scene. But on getting there, the rescue had already been done by concerned individuals around.
The spokesperson of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated that the accident resulted in the death of two persons. The rider of the motorcycle survived but sustained injuries. He was rushed to the hospital and was recuperating.
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Investigation has begun to find the van driver
Speaking further, Oyeyemi said that the branded vehicle which was involved in the crash had been impounded, and the police was committed to finding the owner.
Addressing the issue of driving against traffic, the police official emphasized that it was a grave offence to do so. Security personnel were prohibited to drive against traffic save for emergency situations. He added that, even at that, the vehicle in question must be either an ambulance or a security vehicle. There must also be a sign alerting people on the road to make way.
Mr. Oyeyemi promised the police would find out the truth & bring back the laws
Oyeyemi assured members of the public that the police were investigating the matter to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice. According to him, there was a directive from the Ogun State Commissioner of Police to identify those behind the accident and prosecute them regardless of their association with the police.