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

Two students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu formerly Ojodu Grammar School have been confirmed dead by the police while 12 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement, revealed that two male students died at the spot while 12 others, including seven female and five male students, sustained varying degrees of injuries.

An articulated truck with registration No. APP 438 YA driven by a man the police identified as Bolaji Kabiru had on Tuesday lost control and rammed into some pedestrians at the Grammar School bus stop, Ojodu.

According to Ajisebutu, the remains of the deceased students whose identity, he said are not yet known, have been deposited at the morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.

He added that the injured victims have been taken to a private hospital in Ojodu; and the Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate for treatment.

The statement read in part, “Today(Tuesday), 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.

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

Corpses of the dead students (identity not yet known) were evacuated and 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 accidented 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 a 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.”

While commiserating with the bereaved families,  the Commissioner of Police appeals to sympathizers and other members of the public to allow the police to carry out a thorough investigation, and avoid seeking self-help.

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