Road accident kills two in Ondo, residents protest

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Scene of an acident

Peter Dada, Akure

Residents of Odigbo town, the headquarters of Odigbo Local Government Areas of Ondo State blocked the Ondo-Ore Expressway on Wednesday evening following the killing of two members of the community by an alleged speeding vehicle.

It was learnt that the vehicle, a Land Rover Jeep, with registration number FEA 162 AA, allegedly swerved off its lane and hit the deceased who were on a motorcycle. The vehicle was apparently speeding and was trying to avoid entering a pothole.

According to an eyewitness, after hitting the motorcycle, the driver of the jeep in an attempt to escape hit another motorcycle carrying two people before it was stopped.

The deceased who were identified as Samani Uba and Fedebi Ayodeji reportedly died on the spot while the persons hit on the other motorcycle sustained serious injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital.

The eyewitness added that immediately the incident occurred, the residents of the town trooped out in large numbers to stage a protest, causing traffic gridlock for several hours.

The protesters barricaded the busy expressway, insisting that the government must erect speed breakers on the road.

The driver of the jeep whose identify was unknown as of the time of filing this report, was said to have run away from the scene to avoid being mobbed while the vehicle had been impounded at the Odigbo Division Police Station.

Another eyewitness narrated that efforts of the security agents to clear the road were unsuccessful as the residents vowed not to leave the road or allow any vehicle to pass until speed breakers were erected.

When contacted the Public Relations Officers of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

He said, “We have commenced investigation on the matter, the vehicle is with us but the driver has fled.”

The state police spokesman also stated that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at a mortuary.

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