An accident involving a Nigerian Correctional Service vehicle transporting inmates to court occured in Ilorin, Kwara State leaving four people dead and many injured on Thursday according to Vanguard.
According to sources, the driver of the NPS vehicle drove against traffic and hit a motorcyclist along Niger Road.
He then tried to flee from the angry mob at the scene but hit another motorcyclist and killed him.
The mob attacked and damaged the bus that was escorting the NPS vehicle, but the armed guards of the NPS fired shots in the air to disperse them. The NPS vehicle managed to escape to the court with the inmates.
The accident triggered a protest by commercial motorcycle riders, also known as okada riders, in the city. They demanded justice for their members who were killed or injured in the accident.
The Motorcycle Riders Association spokesperson, AbdulAkeem Sulaiman, said the victims were breadwinners for their families. He urged the government to ensure justice for them.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident and said no death was recorded.
“We have not recorded any death,” he said
He said the police would take necessary steps to ensure justice for those affected by the incident.
The Nigerian Correctional Service Public Relations Officer, Philip Adegbulugbe, claimed that some hoodlums tried to free high-profile inmates who were taken to court, which caused pandemonium.
He said those who sustained injuries were taken to the hospital and were responding to treatment. He said no lives were lost.
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