The Lagos Police Command has said two students were killed when a truck lost control of itself and rammed into people at Grammar School Bus Stop, Ogunnusi Road, Lagos, on Tuesday.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command’s Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
The incident lead to chaos as an irate mob set a truck on fire and also chased the driver, who was eventually apprehended by the police.
Eyewitnesses and residents said about 10 persons were crushed to death by the driver of the truck.
However, the Lagos Police spokesperson declared that only two students were killed, adding that 12 other persons also sustained injuries in the accident.
He said the injured victims are currently receiving medical treatment.
The statement read: “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,” the statement reads.
“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.”