A tricycle rider and three passengers on Tuesday lost their lives in a crash on Shina Peters Road, Iju-Ishaga, in the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the tricycle rider was commuting five passengers from the Giwa area of Iju-Ishaga to Abule-Egba, when tragedy struck around 6.30am.
It was learnt that the rider was about to cross the railway line in the area when a speeding train crushed the tricycle.
While the rider and three passengers died on the spot, two other passengers reportedly survived.
One of the survivors was reportedly rushed to hospital for treatment.
A witness, Baseet Hussein, said the second survivor jumped out of the tricycle before the crash occurred, adding that he escaped unscathed.
Hussein said, “The rider was at top speed because he wanted to quickly cross the railway line. We even shouted to alert him that the train was too close for him to go. While the passenger beside him jumped out, it was too late for others, as the train ran over them. One other man escaped as the train dragged them away; he was injured and rushed to the Longe Medical Centre for treatment.”
Another witness, Gbemisola Adetunji, while lamenting the incident, said it could have been averted if a bridge was constructed at the junction.
She blamed the deceased tricycle rider for allegedly refusing to listen when residents raised the alarm on the impending danger.
I saw the tricycle under the train. Parts of it were scattered. When I moved closer, I saw four corpses. The remains of two of the passengers were all over the place. The train did not stop after the accident.
“I learnt that the tricycle was coming from Giwa and heading for Abule-Egba. I overheard another tricycle rider lamenting that he warned the deceased rider not to cross, but he never listened,” Adetunji added.
Our correspondent, during a visit to Longe Medical Centre where one of the survivors was taken to, observed that the patient was in a critical condition.
A doctor at the hospital, who identified himself only as Samuel, said the victim bled from the head and right leg when two Good Samaritans brought him to the hospital.
“He was brought in around 7am. He was still conscious when the Good Samaritans brought him here. What we did immediately was to set intravenous fluid to stabilise him.
“After thoroughly cleaning his wounds, we bandaged his leg and placed him on antibiotics and tetanus injections. It may take weeks for him to fully recover,” the doctor said.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Adesina Tiamiyu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the accident was caused by recklessness, adding that four people were confirmed dead.
He said, “On arrival at the scene, it was gathered that a tricycle with five people on board had a collision with a moving train. Further information gathered at the scene showed that the immediate cause of the incident was recklessness on the part of the tricycle rider, who was trying to cross the railway line. Unfortunately, four persons, including three males and one female, lost their lives and one male escaped unhurt.”
Tiamiyu, who advised motorists and tricycle riders to always exercise patience when crossing tracks, said the remains of the deceased were handed over to officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit.
Lady from Hell! Sets Ex-Lover’s House, Girlfriend Ablaze
Nineteen-year-old Jemila Ibrahim and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, have been arrested by the personnel of the Lagos State Police Command for setting her ex-lover’s house ablaze at the Monkey Village, FESTAC area of the state.
It was gathered that Jemila and her friend stormed the residence of her ex-lover, Mohammed Yusuf, around 5.30pm on November 18 and set it ablaze, while his girlfriend, Rabi was inside.
Yusuf, who got to know about the incident, rushed home to rescue Rabi and took her to hospital, where she died on Saturday around noon.
Mohammed reportedly left Jemila over alleged infidelity on her part.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Monday, said policemen from the Satellite Division arrested the suspects, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, for further investigation.
The statement read in part, “The duo of Jemila Ibrahim and her friend, Fatima Mohammed, of Monkey Village, who accompanied Jemila to commit the heinous crime, have been arrested by the police operatives attached to the Satellite Division of the command.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, who condemned the crime, has ordered that the matter be transferred to the SCIID, Panti, for discreet investigation. The CP also vowed to go after those, who engage in crimes and social vices, and to rid the state of criminals and criminality.”
The CP, however, urged the residents of the state to avoid taking the law into their own hands.
Gunmen Invade ABU Zaria, Abduct Lecturer
A day after bandits released nine abducted students of the French Department of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, gunmen have invaded the institution and kidnapped a lecturer.
According to a statement by Auwalu Umar, the institution’s Director of Public Affairs, the incident took place at Sardauna crescent on the main campus.
Although he did not mention the name of the lecturer, an online newspaper, Saheliantimes, simply gave his name as “Dr Bako.”
The university spokesperson said the lecturer was initially kidnapped along with his wife and daughter.
He said the wife and daughter were released “when security agents chased the kidnappers into the bush.”
“At about 12:50 a.m. on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the university on Sardauna crescent, area BZ, main campus, Samaru, Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University security division quickly informed the operatives of the police intelligence response team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was an exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along with the victims.
“As the police went after them up to kasuwar Da’a village bothering the university, the kidnappers then released the wife and daughter and went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.
“The inspector general of police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident,” the statement read.
ABU Zaria has suffered attacks by kidnappers lately.
The abduction of nine students who were on their way to Lagos for an academic programme has earlier been reported. In the same vein, police officers on a special assignment were kidnapped in Katsina State.
The officers were on their way to Zamfara State from Borno to carry out a special assignment before they were abducted.
They have been released, according to the police.
Their abductors reportedly demanded N270 million as ransom. The students were later released after a ransom was paid.
Kaduna, Katsina , Zamfara and Niger States have seen have seen more frequent attacks from bandits in recent years, despite increased security presence in the area.
Escort Policemen Kill Man, Abandon Corpse, Van in Ekiti Hospital
Some policemen reported to be on an escort assignment, on Saturday, shot two persons in a hotel in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
PUNCH Metro gathered that one of the victims, who was hit by a bullet in the stomach, was pronounced dead in a hospital.
The second victim, who was hit in the leg, was said to have been admitted for treatment.
While a source said the incident happened when the policemen, numbering about five, attempted to give a retired senior officer compliment, another said the cops were in a joyous mood, chanting and shooting in the air when the two victims were hit by bullets.
A source said, “The policemen came into the hotel with one retired senior police officer. They were up to five in number. As they were gyrating inside the hotel, they shot in the air. Two persons were hit by bullets in the process. Two of the policemen took the victims from the hotel in their Hilux van to hospital.”
On realising that one of the victims had died, the policemen were alleged to have, on arrival at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, bolted, leaving the corpse, the injured man and the van.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said the policeman, who fired the shots, had been arrested and was being detained at the command headquarters in Ado Ekiti.
Abutu, however, said the cops were not from the state police command.
He said, “We have established that there was a shooting incident on Saturday night at one hotel in Ado Ekiti. Two persons were hit and one is died, while the second man is receiving treatment. The corpse of the deceased has been deposited in a morgue.
“The policeman who was responsible has been arrested and is now in our custody. We are not going to hide anything. Though those involved are not from our command, the incident is within our jurisdiction and we promise that whoever is found culpable will be prosecuted accordingly.