The Driver of a Micra taxi that plies Ibadan as died in an accident that also left other passengers seriously wounded alongside FRSC Ibadan officials, it happened on Saturday evening at Moniya in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
The accident as gathered by Viralmula.com was caused by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) who gave the commercial Micra car a hot pursuit until the car — alongside the FRSC’s own — crashed into a pit by the side of the road, resulting in the death of Akeem Ibrahim, the driver of the commercial car, and leaving four others passengers seriously wounded.
According to a witness, the driver of the ill-fated commercial taxi had refused to stop at a checkpoint manned by the FRSC officials around Ojoo. The checkpoint which is notorious for bribes called ‘Egunje’ in the local Yoruba dialect.
The driver’s refusal to stop made the FRSC official to embark on hot pursuit of the Micra car, with number plate Lagos 831 DH, and their van marked 1139(3), The officials bent on overtaking the micra taxi drove both vehicles into crashing into each other
Passersby who witnessed the crash said “Like a movie, we just saw and heard a deafening noise when they crashed. The Micra car somersaulted before it crashed into the ditch, followed by the FRSC van. The driver of the Micra car had stopped breathing by the time they carried him out. Other four passengers in the car were critically injured when they pulled them out. Blood covered them all over.”
However, when the FRSC rescue team got to the scene of the accident, all they were trying to do was to cover the code on the car. The witness said their arrival was so prompt, but when they got to the scene they evacuated their van without attending to the car it chased and forced into a fatal plunge.
He said: “There is a number on the bonnet and the side of the door. They opened the bonnet and the car door to conceal the code. If they were right, would they be doing that?”
Meanwhile, angry drivers mobilized themselves and would have attacked the FRSC official present but for the prompt intervention of five police vans who checked the irate drivers and nipped the attack in the bud.
Lamenting the death of his colleague and the unprofessionalism of the officials of the FRSC, one of the drivers, amid sobs, said: “We got here now to see the extent of the crash. Why are these FRSC officials causing deaths instead of saving lives?”