The Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has apprehended a truck driver for allegedly crushing two of its officers to death.
Naija News learnt that the tragic incident happened on Monday, November 14, 2022, in the Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti.
The spokesperson for the command, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the unfortunate event happened yesterday morning.
According to Abutu, the officers came from Iworoko Ekiti to their duty post in Ado Ekiti when the truck rammed into them.
“The policemen were on their lane. The truck driver was negotiating a diversion placed on the road by the construction company rehabilitating the Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road by turning to the left side and overran them.
“We learned the two of them died. The driver of the tipper has been arrested while the corpses have been deposited in the morgue at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital,” Abutu noted.
An eyewitness who spoke with The PUNCH affirmed the incident, noting that the policemen were conveying themselves to work on a motorcycle when the truck driver hit them at a spot where traffic was diverted for reconstruction purposes on the dualized Ado-Iworoko Road.
“The policemen were coming towards the heart of the town while the truck was going towards the direction of Iworoko when the driver suddenly crossed to their lane due to the road diversion and crushed them,” said the eyewitness, who pleaded not to be mentioned in print.
Reacting to the incident, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti State Command, Olusola Joseph, lamented motorists’ violation of road rules.
The FRSC boss cautioned drivers plying all roads in the state to control their speed to curb senseless carnage.
Joseph said, “Our drivers must be safety conscious. Some of these untimely deaths could have been prevented if we had been careful on the roads. I appeal to our people to always keep to the highway safety precautions for the safety of lives.”