LASEMA confirms mob attack on policemen, LASTMA officials as truck crushes Lagos pupils
Violence broke in Lagos State on Tuesday after the driver of an articulated truck lost control and rammed into over 20 pupils along the Ogunusi Road, Grammar School Bus Stop.
The PUNCH reports that the pupils were attempting to cross the road when the accident occured.
The incident sparked anger after the police apprehended the driver who was chased to the Ogba area by angry youths and passersby who burnt the truck.
In an attempt to maintain law and order, the policemen reportedly fired teargas canisters to disperse the mob, leading to a clash and a transfer of aggression on officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
Emergency responders including operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency reportedly turned back from the scene due to the disorder.
LASEMA confirmed the development in a situation report titled, ‘Situation Report on the truck accident at Ogunusi Road, Grammar School bus-stop, Ojodu Berger,’ signed by LASEMA director-general, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.
The statement read, “The Agency received a distress call at 2:56 pm about a truck accident at Ogunusi Road, Grammar School Bus-stop, Ojodu Berger.
“However, the information gathered from LASTMA and NPF Officials at the scene revealed that an unidentified truck lost control and rammed into students returning from School.
“The incident led to severe injuries to some victims, others were discovered dead.
“This unfortunate incident provoked some bystanders into taking laws into their hands by attempting to lynch NPF, LASTMA officials and other first responders at the scene, destroying vehicles and other properties.
“The number of fatalities and casualties could not be ascertained at the time of reporting.
“The attack by the miscreants led the Emergency Team to head back to base as the scene was insecure and unsafe for rescue and recovery operations.”