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Dangote Driver Kills 3 People On Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Dangote truck driver, identified as Dairu Murtala, sent three men to their graves on Tuesday at the Arepo end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Murtala was said to be driving against the traffic when he crushed the victims, who were about to cross the expressway into the Arepo community.

It was learnt that despite the incident, the driver did not stop, but was chased by some motorcyclists to Magboro, a neighbouring community, where he was apprehended.

He was reportedly beaten to a pulp before the intervention of policemen from the Warewa division, who rescued him from the mob.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps reportedly carried away the remains of the deceased, who were said to be workers of a company in Arepo.

A witness, who did not identify himself, said the accident happened around 8am.

He said, “We were all at the bus stop when the truck sped past us. The driver did not even hoot.

“The three men, who wanted to cross the expressway, were only looking at a side of the road. They didn’t know that the truck was fast approaching from the other side.

“The truck crushed them and they died on the spot. It even dragged the body of a man for some distance.

“Another pedestrian, who saw the truck approaching, carried a lady that could have also been hit, off the road. The girl wanted to protest the action until she saw what had happened.”

A motorcycle rider, identified as Musa, said the driver did not stop the truck after the incident.

“My friends and I chased him to Magboro. When we caught up with him, we beat him up. We were hitting him when the police came to his rescue,” he added.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest of the driver, adding that investigations were on.

He noted that the families of the victims had yet to come forward to identify them, saying the driver would be prosecuted at the end of investigations.

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