A commercial bus, popularly known as Danfo, has hit and killed a baby, Chimbusomma Uligwe, in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The baby, strapped to her mother’s back, hit her head on the pavement around Elf bus-stop, cracking open her skull. Eyewitnesses say the commercial bus had hit the mother, Tochukwu, while officials of the Lekki Concession Company were chasing after it in a white Toyota Hilux.
Punch Metro reports that both driver and conductor of the bus fled the scene as well as officials of the LCC. However, Jonah Jatau, a mobile policemen attached to the LCC team was apprehended by passers-by.
Tochukwu, recounting the incident, said the policeman had broken loose and fled into a private firm in the area. He was followed by one Olufemi Ogidan, who was determined to ensure he did not escape. She lamented that he was being held at the Maroko Police Station and charged with stealing a riot gun valued at N500,000.
Chimbusomma’s remains were buried at the Ikoyi Cemetery on her birthday, July 10, 2019.
The deceased’s father, Ikedinachukwu, while condemning the Divisional Police Officer of the Maroko Police Station for releasing Jatau and charging Ogidan, said his family had not heard from the LCC since the incident happened.
The couple’s counsel, Adebowale Bayo-Philip, accused the DPO of handling the case in an unprofessional manner, adding that he had petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos, in a bid to get justice for Chimbusomma.
However, Bala Elkana, the police spokesman in the state, said the incident was due to brake failure the commercial bus experienced. He dismissed that the LCC vehicle had been chasing after the commercial bus, saying they had also been hit after the brake failure. He said Ogidan was charged with assaulting Jatau, adding that the driver of the bus had been arrested.
Veronica Jacob, the Head, Commercial and Corporate Media, LCC, said their vehicle had been assisting the victims as well as ensuring the matter was reported at the police station.