The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday, December 7, debunked reports that its officers were involved in the crash along Ogunusi Road, Grammar School Bus Stop, Lagos State.
1st News had also reported that a hit-and-run truck had crushed some pupils on Tuesday; at the bus stop just as they closed from school around 2 pm.
The Lagos State Police Command has since arrested the unnamed driver; also adding that investigation had commenced into the incident.
In a statement, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the articulated truck lost control; resulting in the death of an “unverified number of students and leaving many injured.”
The statement was titled, ‘FRSC Not Involved In The Crash That Claimed The Lives Of School Children Along Ogunnusi Road, Ojodu: FRSC Lagos Sector Commander’.
He also explained that the men of FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash had happened.
The statement read in part, “About seven (7) of the victims were rescued and immediately taken to Lagos State Emergency Centre Ojota by FRSC personnel while another road user helped in carrying about seven (7) also to the same emergency centre.
“The general public should disregard the disgruntled information been circulated by some unscrupulous element that FRSC men caused the crash.
“We want to place on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities were not ongoing along that axis as at the time of the crash.”
Ogungbemide commiserated with the families of the deceased that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has urged the Inspector General of Police (I-G) to take over the investigation; into the alleged murder of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos State.
The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Unyime Idem (PDP-Akwa Ibom) at plenary on Tuesday.
The Reps said that all those mentioned in the case should be properly investigated; and that social workers should also be sent to all boarding schools to forestall future recurrence.
Moving the motion, Idem said that the social media had been awash with the report of the death of Oromoni; a 12-year-old boy who died on Nov. 27.