Hoodlums kill woman in Osogbo, 6 others die in Kogi, Ogun accidents
An unidentified aged woman has been shot dead in Osogbo, Osun State by suspected hoodlums.
Sunday Tribune gathered the incident, which occurred around the popular Orisunbare market caused commotion as traders and passers-by ran in different directions to avoid being hit by the stray bullets fired at the woman.
Eyewitness informed our correspondent that the hoodlums, who were riding on a commercial motorcycle, popularly called Okada around 9.45am suddenly fired several bullets at the aged woman, believed to be one of the labourers, usually engaged by bricklayers, working on building sites.
According to the eyewitness, “the old woman is one of those people doing menial jobs for bricklayers and masons, working in construction sites. She was heading to Old Garage area, where they normally wait for bricklayers, who may come to pick them for daily paid job at construction sites.
“The boys were on Okada and they swiftly opened fire on the woman who she died on the spot. Policemen later came to the scene and cordoned off the area. The corpse was taken away in their vehicle,” he stated.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Osun State Police command, Mrs Folasade Odoro confirmed the incident.
She further disclosed that four suspects have been arrested in connection to the killing, just as she assured that others involved would be apprehended.
Also on Saturday, three persons were confirmed dead in an accident involving a commercial motorcyclist and a truck at Alagbon area on the Owode -Idiroko road in Ogun State.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Ogun State confirmed the incident.
Akinbiyi stated that the accident happened when the motorcyclist carrying six persons was trying to avoid running into a broken down truck on the road.
He said the motorcyclist lost control in the process and he and the passengers fell on the highway.
A truck driving behind them, however, ran over them.
According to him, a lady and two men died instantly while the remaining three were critically injured.
The TRACE spokesman said the three injured persons had been taken to King Cross Hospital at Owode in Ipokia Local Government Area while the corpses of the deceased were deposited in the morgue at the State Hospital, Ota.
In Kogi State, three persons, a man and two women, died in an auto accident on the Auchi-Okene axis of the Benin-Lokoja road also on Saturday morning.
The spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), MrBisiKazeem, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Kazeem said that 50 others, including a child, were injured and had been taken to hospital for treatment.
He said a white Mercedez Benz ChiscoParadiso luxury bus conveying 82 passengers was involved in the lone accident.
“The crash occurred at about 4 a.m. at the Sharp Corner Checkpoint on the Okene end of the road.
“It was caused by brake failure. A FRSC rescue team arrived at the scene 20 minutes later and took the injured and corpses to the General Hospital in Okene (Kogi),” he said.
Kazeem reiterated FRSC’s advice to motorists to regularly check their vehicles and ensure they were road worthy before putting them on the highway.