- Two students have been confirmed dead in the truck accident that happened in the Ojodu area of Lagos state on Tuesday, December 7
- The Ojodu LCDA said 12 students, seven females and five males, also sustained varying degrees of injuries
- Meanwhile, corpses of the dead students have been deposited at the mortuary while the erring driver has been apprehended by the police
Ojodu, Lagos state - The Ojodu Local Council Development Association (LCDA) has revealed the identities of the secondary school students who lost their lives in the truck accident that happened in the Ojodu area of Lagos state on Tuesday, December 7.
The students were going home after closing from school around 2pm when the truck ran over them.
In a statement released on Wednesday, December 8, the executive chairman of Ojodu LCDA, Odunmbaku ‘Segun, said two students were confirmed dead on the spot while 12 others were injured, The Punch reported.
The names of the deceased are listed below:
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1. Adedoyin Adebayo
2. Akpolebi Israel
“Asides from the two deceased, seven females and five males totaling 12 victims also sustained varying degrees of injuries."
Legit.ng gathers that corpses of the dead students have been evacuated and were deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy.
The LCDA chairman said all the injured students are in stable conditions and are receiving medical attention at the hospital.
The victims were students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu Junior Grammar School, and Omole Junior High School.
Identity of truck driver revealed
Meanwhile, the statement also indicates that the truck, a DAF truck with Registration No. APP 438 YA, was driven by one ‘Bolaji Kabiru’.
The erring driver has been apprehended and is in police custody.
The accident happened at Grammar School Bus Stop along Ogunnusi Road.
Angry students react
The statement by the Ojodu LCDA chairman also said that "angry students who were later joined by hoodlums set the accidented vehicle ablaze, vandalised the Ojodu Police Station, operational vehicles of the men of Nigeria Police Force, the Vehicle Inspection Service, and some private articulated vehicles along Ogunnusi road."
‘Segun, the LCDA boss, said:
"My heart is broken for the families and friends of students who lost their lives in this horrible accident. This is a devastating tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the horrible accident.
"My heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. While I give assurances that justice will be done, we have also commenced proper examination and analysis of the survivors.
"I implore us all to maintain the peace and remain calm, rather than take to wanton destruction of properties and facilities let us remember the bereaved families in prayer, allow the police to carry out a thorough investigation, and avoid seeking self-help. I appeal that we respect the family’s privacy. There’s a need for calm at this trying time."
FRSC operatives caused Lagos truck accident? Agency reacts
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has denied the alleged involvement of its officers in the cause of the crash.
There had been speculations that men of the FRSC had a role in the unfortunate incident.
However, the FRSC sector commander in Lagos, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the articulated truck lost control, resulting in the death of “unverified number of students and leaving many injured.” He explained that the men of FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash had happened.