Two persons were killed on Wednesday, while no fewer than nine others
were injured after a tipper rammed into pedestrians at the U-turn end of
the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

The tipper was said to be
avoiding a government convoy of seven vehicles that allegedly drove
recklessly into the expressway from a side road. The incident was said
to have occurred between 11am and 12pm.

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Eyewitness said the convoy had stopped to visit a yet-to-be identified person admitted at a private hospital in the area.
A
witness, who requested anonymity said, “It was a convoy of about seven
vehicles. There were four jeeps and three escort vans. The escorts were
riot policemen.
“On their way back, while connecting the express, the
convoy caused the accident. They drove into the expressway recklessly
without stopping to check for oncoming vehicles.
“At the time they
connected the expressway, a tipper was approaching on top speed. To
avoid hitting the convoy, the tipper swerved to the right side of the
road. It lost control and rammed into some pedestrians standing by the
side of the road.”
The eyewitness said 11 persons were hit, while two
died on the spot. It was learn t that the convoy did not wait initially,
but went to make a U-turn to the other side of the expressway.
It was learn t that the convoy later stopped few meters opposite the scene of the accident.
The
eyewitness said, “The riot policemen came down, they watched the scene
for a while, jumped into their vehicles and proceeded towards the Sango
area of Ogun State.
“We could not challenge the convoy when it stopped because the policemen carried guns and they looked menacing.”
It was learn t that a Lagos State Ambulance Service bus later arrived to convey victims to the hospital.
Eyewitnesses were unsure if the convoy belonged to either the Lagos or Ogun state governments.
One
of them said, “The number plates of the vehicles were covered. Some
people later came and said the  number plates on the vehicles of the
police had Ogun State written on them.”

A senior police officer
attached to Oke Odo Police Division, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity because he was not the command’s spokesperson, said, “We were
informed that a truck coming from Abeokuta, had experienced brake
failure while trying to avoid hitting another vehicle.
“The truck
swerved off the road and in the process, ran into some pedestrians who
were standing by the side of the expressway. We are aware that two
persons were killed in the accident and that they had been conveyed to a
general hospital by sympathizer at the scene.
“However, we do not know if the vehicle belonged to a convoy because we did not meet it at the scene.”
Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Yusup Olayniyonu, said the convoy was not that of the Ogun government.
He said, “The governor is at Abeokuta and the deputy governor  is also at Abeokuta. Neither was in Lagos today.”
The
Lagos State Commissioner for information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef
Ibirogba,  aso said no government convoy from the state went to the
area.
A highly placed government official also said,  “The governor
is in Marina, Lagos Island, while the deputy governor is outside the
country. No government official was in that area today (Wednesday).”
The
telephone line of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP
Ngozi Braide, rang out. Text messages sent to the phone were not
replied to as of the time of going to the press.

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