Robbers kill commercial driver, passengers injured

Armed men suspected to be armed robbers, on Monday night, shot dead a commercial driver along Akure/Ilesa expressway, leaving several others injured.

The driver, identified as Muritala, was said to have given up immediately he was shot by the armed robbers while he lost control of the vehicle.

According to a source, the armed men stopped Muritala who was driving at top speed along the Akure/ Ilesa highway, but refused to stop and the robbers shot at his Toyota Hiace and he was hit in the process.

He said that the driver swerved off the road into the bush, injuring all the passengers in the bus, saying the driver died before any help could reach him.

He said some police officers monitoring the highway, who eventually arrived at the scene of the incident, pursued the armed bandits but said the robbers escaped.

It was gathered that members of vigilante group from the area mobilised themselves to the scene of the incident, but they failed in their bid to find the armed robbers who were said to have ran into the bush after shooting.

Some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who besieged the scene of the accident, took some injured passengers to the nearest hospital while the remains of the driver were deposited at the morgue.