Following the accident that happened on Tuesday, in the Ojodu Berger area of Lagos State, during which some students reportedly lost their lives, the Lagos State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, has issued a press statement clarifying issues surrounding the occurrence.
The Statement which laid claims to the fact that two (2) students were killed in the Tuesday afternoon accident, while twelve (12) others sustained various degree of injuries, reads:
“Today, 7th December, 2021, at about 1415hrs, a DAF truck with Registration No. APP 438 YA driven by one Bolaji Kabiru ‘m’ rammed into some pedestrians, later identified as students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu, formerly Ojodu Grammar School.”
“As a result of the accident, two males died on the spot, seven females, and five males, totalling twelve victims, sustained varying degrees of injuries.
“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.
“The erring driver has been apprehended and kept in police custody. However, the angry students, who were later joined by hoodlums, set the accident vehicle ablaze.
“They also attacked the Ojodu Police Station in their large number, demanding the release of the driver for jungle justice.
“However, when their demand was not met, they became violent. In the process, they destroyed four vehicles parked in the premises of the police station, and another mobile truck on the highway.
“To avoid total breakdown of law and order, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, immediately ordered the deployment of policemen comprising tactical teams, 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.”
Ajisebutu, who also confirmed that the injured students are currently receiving treatments at the disclosed hospitals, appealed for calm in the area, as investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.