Three people have reportedly lost their lives in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state on Friday, September 1. The incident occurred when a vehicle crashed into a large crowd of Muslim worshippers at the Eid-El Kabir prayer ground.
According to a witness, the driver of the truck lost control and crashed into the crowd leaving two worshippers dead and many others injured.
An angry mob descended on the driver, who was rescued by policemen at the venue, Premium Times reports. Sources also said one of the policemen, Joseph Adejuwon, lost his life in the process of saving the driver from the mob as he was himself mobbed to death.
And in his reaction, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said a Bedford truck with number plate AA 523 JGB and laden with logs, reportedly had a brake failure, making the driver to lose control.
He said the truck first hit a Toyota Tundra with number plate APP 995 DD, damaged it, before running over two children at the praying ground, killing them instantly, Punch reports.
He said: “Our operatives said the truck ran over two children at the Etokori praying ground this morning, killing them instantly and injuring scores of others. “An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was among those who sustained injuries. A policeman also died while being rushed to the hospital.”
Also, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun state Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident. He also said that the dead policeman was an orderly to a divisional police officer. The driver of the vehicle had been arrested and the injured taken to hospital.
He said: “It is true that an accident occurred this morning at Ijebu Ode. The truck, laden with logs, had lost control after its brake failed and rammed into Muslim faithful going to perform Eid prayer in Ijebu Igbo, it killed two people.
“A mob had gathered and wanted to lynch the truck driver, but policemen on ground prevented them. However, they descended on our operatives and one of them was killed. “We have the truck driver in our custody and two other suspects.”
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