The police in Lagos have said that only two students died, while 12 others were injured following an accident which occurred at Ojodu-Berger, Lagos on Tuesday December 7.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state police spokesperson confirmed that the victims are students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu, formerly Ojodu Grammar School.
The figure given by the police however differs from eyewitnesses’ claim of at least 13 school children being killed in the accident.
The police disclosed that at about 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.
Corpses of the dead students (identity not yet known) were evacuated with the support of officers of the FRSC, while the injured students were taken to God’s Apple City Hospital; St. Michael Hospital; and the Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate.
The statement read;
“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 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.”
Ajisebutu further 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.”