A woman has died in an accident caused by police officers, who were allegedly chasing a suspected internet fraudster in Benin, the Edo State capital.
According to Vanguard, the deceased, Grace Obajay, 29, was in an Uber with her one-year and five months old baby, when a car rammed into them, flinging the baby out.
The woman lost consciousness and the Uber driver was also seriously injured in the incident.
It was said that the car, which rammed into them was driven by a suspected Yahoo boy being chased by police, leading to the crash along Airport Road.
The woman, who reportedly worked as a Secretary with Floret Systems, would have celebrated her second wedding anniversary in October.
The publication said she had ordered the Uber after closing from work on August 24.
It was said that the woman was left bleeding from mouth and nose.
Her son, who had been flung out of the window due to the impact of the crash, was badly injured too.
The Uber driver, identified as Precious John, immediately called his older brother for help.
His brother, Dickson, said:
“I got a call from my brother at about 11 am. All he could mutter was ‘ come quickly, I’m dying, I can’t breathe, my chest, accident, airport road…, and the call ended. I tried reaching back to him but could not get him.
“I was accompanied to the scene by one of my comrades, Godwin Esosa, where I saw my brother’s car stained with blood and fuel was dripping from its engine but there was no sight of him.
“We gathered from eyewitnesses that a team of policemen in a carton colour Audi car was chasing a suspected yahoo boy in a Toyota Camry 2012 model. In his bid to escape from the police, he ran into my brother’s car which was just entering airport road from Saint Paul. The policemen never made an attempt to save them. Rather, they abandoned them to fate.
“A Reverend father rushed the baby to Saint Philomena hospital for immediate attention, while my brother and mother of the baby were rushed to Faith Mediplex hospital for immediate medical attention. The yahoo suspect was rushed to the police clinic for treatment.
“At Faith Mediplex, the female passenger later identified as Mrs Grace Frank Obajay was referred to UBTH on oxygen. She was there until August 25 when she died.
It was gathered that the husband of the woman, lamented that the incident has shattered him beyond expression.
He disclosed that their baby had a fracture on his left leg, and a surgery had been done on the leg.
He added that the police were aware of the incident, as some officers from the federal operation paid him a condolence visit.
The Edo State police has not identified the officers who were chasing the suspected yahoo boy.