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Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Two On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A suspected hit-and-run driver tragically struck and killed two male travelers, identified as Yahaya Suleiman and Emeka, after knocking them off the overhead bridge at the Kara Market on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to PUNCH Online, it was gathered that the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when the driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into three travellers who were waiting for a commercial bus.

It was also gathered that the third pedestrian, identified only as Ishola, is currently in the hospital fighting for his.

Issa, a pure water seller who witnessed the incident, told our correspondent on Tuesday that three pedestrians were struck by the driver, and two of them fell from the bridge due to the impact.

Issa said, “The driver was speeding, and I think he lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the three people who were waiting by the roadside to board a bus. The impact of the hit knocked two of the three travellers off the bridge. The driver sped off immediately after.”

The spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident to PUNCH Online on Tuesday and revealed that Suleiman and Emeka, who were knocked off the bridge, died in the hospital.

She said, “They were taken to the Lagos State Emergency Clinic at the old toll gate in the Ojota Area of Lagos State. The two travellers who fell off the bridge were confirmed dead minutes after they were rushed to the hospital.

“The driver was believed to have lost control of his vehicle before ramming into the three travellers who were waiting to board a vehicle on the bridge. The third traveller, Ishola, sustained serious injuries. He is still in the hospital.

“The corpses of the victims have been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in the Sagamu area of Ogun State for preservation and autopsy. We are making efforts to trace the family of the deceased to inform them about the incident. We are also working on identifying and arresting the driver.”

Between January and June 2024, at least four pedestrians were killed by suspected hit-and-run drivers on major highways in Ogun State.

In January 2024, a Nigerian Police Force Inspector named Bulus Joel was reportedly killed by a suspected hit-and-run driver on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Earlier this month a 22-year-old traveller, Elizabeth James, was killed after being knocked down on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway.


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