Ojodu Truck Accident: Police Say Two Pupils Die, Faleke Promises Justice

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    A member of the House of Representatives; representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, Hon. James Faleke, has expressed shock over the truck accident on Tuesday that crushed no fewer than 10 students on Ogunnusi Road, Grammar School Bus-Stop, Lagos State.

    Faleke in a statement on Wednesday said, “The news of the accident at Ojodu today, Tuesday, came to me as a rude shock. I am not only devastated but also filled with pain in my heart.

    “I learnt there are much casualties as well as fatalities. This is very painful and traumatic.

    “As I pray for the families of the innocent deceased ones for God to give them the fortitude to bear the losses.

    “I also strongly appeal to our youths and others not to take the laws into their hands as proper investigation shall be carried out to ascertain the reason and necessary action will be taken by the appropriate authorities.”

    He added: “I am already in touch with those security agencies in Ojodu and its environs for justice to prevail.

    “Please let us be calm and steady, the needful shall be done as soon as possible.”

    The FRSC, in a statement by the Public Education Officer of the Lagos State Command, Olabisi Sonusi, had denied involvement in the accident.

    He said in a statement that seven pupils were rescued by its officials, while another seven were rescued by first responders.

    The statement reads in part: “An articulated truck was said to have lost control at the Grammar School Bus Stop along Ogunnusi Road, Lagos, which caused the death of unverified number of students and leaving many injured.

    “The men of the FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash happened.

    “The general public should disregard the disgruntled information being circulated by some unscrupulous elements 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 was not ongoing along that axis as of the time of the crash.”

    The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency(LASTMA), Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said he could not also ascertain the number of casualties.

    He said: “This unfortunate incident provoked some bystanders into taking the law into their hands by attempting to lynch policemen, LASTMA officials and other first responders at the scene, destroying vehicles and other properties.

    “The attack by the miscreants led the emergency team to head back to base as the scene was insecure and unsafe for rescue and recovery operations.”

    The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Tuesday, said two people died in the accident while 12 people were injured.

    Ajisebutu noted that the driver, Bolaji Kabiru, had also been arrested.

    He said: “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 removed with the support of officers of the FRSC and were deposited at the morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.

    “The erring driver has been apprehended and kept in police custody.

    “However, the angry students, who were later joined by hoodlums, set the accidented 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 on 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 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.

    “While commiserating with the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the fatal motor accident, the Commissioner of Police appeals to sympathisers and other members of the public to allow the police carry out a thorough investigation and avoid seeking self help.”

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