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2 students died, 12 injured in Ojodu truck accident, says Lagos police spokesman

Corpses of the dead students were evacuated with the support of officers of the FRSC and were deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy, the police said.

The police in Lagos have said two students died and 12 injured in an accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Grammar School, Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.

In a statement by Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, on Tuesday, the victims are students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu, formerly Ojodu Grammar School.

The police figures differ from that by witnesses who say at least 13 school children were killed in the accident.

Mr Ajisebutu said around 2:15 p.m., a DAF truck with Registration No. APP 438 YA driven by one Bolaji Kabiru, rammed into some pedestrians, resulting in casualties.

“As a result of the accident, two males died on the spot, seven females and five males totaling 12 victims sustained varying degrees of injuries.

“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 police said.

Mr Ajisebutu, a chief superintendent of police, said traffic officers and other responders were deployed to the scene.

He said the injured students were taken to God’s Apple City Hospital; St. Michael Hospital; 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 accidented vehicle ablaze,” the police said.

Mr Ajisebutu added that the students and hoodlums also attacked the Ojodu Police Station in their large numbers, “demanding the release of the driver for jungle justice.”

“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,” Mr Ajisebutu said.

During a visit to the scene minutes after the incident occurred, PREMIUM TIMES observed how angry youths were throwing stones into the police station.

Mr Ajisebutu said to avoid total breakdown of law and order, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered deployment of policemen comprising tactical teams, Rapid Response Squad and others to the scene.

“The protesters were professionally dispersed with minimum force without resulting to any further injury,”Mr Ajisebutu said.

While commiserating with the bereaved families, Mr Odumosu appealed to sympathisers and other members of the public to allow the police carry out a proper investigation.

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