Lagos: Chaos as students in Ojodu area crushed to death by truck

Lagos: Chaos as students in Ojodu area crushed to death by truck

There was chaos at the Ojodu area of Lagos on Tuesday, December 7, as between 13 and 17 school children reportedly after a truck reportedly suffered a brake failure and rammed into them, witnesses said.

According to the eyewitness account, the children were returning from school when the incident happened.

Meanwhile, the exact number of casualties is yet to be ascertained.

The accident happened along Isheri Road, just before the Ojodu Police Station but businesses along the road have shut down while vehicular traffic is grounded.

Witnesses said the truck driver ran into the children just outside Ojodu Grammar School and sped away.

“He was pursued and caught around Ogba and was brought back to the station. That is why the youth are attacking the police station.”

As of the time of filing this report, angry youth had vandalised trucks around the area and are throwing stones into the police station.

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, confirmed the accident to Channels Television via a telephone interview.

He said the exact number of casualties is still sketchy, although it is believed that about 15 students are feared dead.

After hitting the schoolchildren, the police boss explained that the truck driver made attempts to escape; but was chased by police operatives before being arrested.

Upon his arrest, he was detained at the Ojodu Police Station, Lagos; where some angry mob tried to lynch the driver but were resisted by the police.

Meanwhile, the family of late 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, has engaged the firm of human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana; to prosecute the case against the institution over the unfortunate death of their son.

This was contained in the letter dated Monday, December 6, 2021, and also signed by Taiwo Olawale.

It likewise noted the lawyers have written to the office of Lagos State’s chief coroner; requesting an inquest into the circumstances; leading to the death of his client’s child.

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The letter by Falana titled “Request for Inquest into the Tragic Death of Sylvester Oromoni killed at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos;” noted that based on the briefings by the family, the late student died; as a result of injuries allegedly inflicted on him by his seniors at the school.

 

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