An auto crash happened yesterday at Moniya, Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, when some members of the Federal Road Safety Corps allegedly chased a Micra car until it crashed, leaving the driver dead and four others critically injured.
The incident led to several Micra car drivers threatening to attack the FRSC officials, but the timely intervention of policemen checked the angry drivers.
According to an eyewitness, quoted in Vanguard newspaper, the driver who has been identified as Akeem Ibrahim, lost his life in a hot chase by the FRSC van marked 1139 (3) when he refused to stop at a checkpoint after Ojoo.
“We saw how the FRSC officials were pursuing the unpainted commercial car. The officials were trying to overtake the car and in the process both of them plunged into this wide hole by the roadside," someone who witnessed the accident 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.
News of the incident involving their colleague travelled fast to their park, according to one of the drivers who was left weeping at their loss.
“We got here now to see the extent of the crash. Why are these FRSC officials causing deaths instead of saving lives? To the amazement of the sympathizers, the FRSC officials who got there were just trying to cover the code on the car.
“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?” the man said.
Minutes after the tragic incident, the FRSC van which was involved in the crash, was evacuated while they left the car that was chased at the scene.
The Public Relations Officer of FRSC, Mr Oluwaseun Onijala, confirmed the reports to Daily Post, describing it as “pathetic but unfortunate”, adding that “the commission is currently investigating the matter” to ascertain what happened.