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6 Mar 2018

Youths protest as vehicle kills one in Ondo

Some youths in the College Road area of Ondo town, Ondo State, on Monday took to the streets to protest against the death of a yet-to-be identified man who was killed by a vehicle on the Ondo-Ore Expressway.

According to a witness, the vehicle swerved off the road and hit four people at the Catholic Junction end of the road.

While one person died on the spot, the other three victims were rushed to a hospital.

The witness said the incident sparked off the protest, leading to the barricade of the expressway by the youths. They also set bonfires on some parts of the road.

The vehicle that killed the victim was reportedly set ablaze by the protesters.

They asked the Federal Government to erect speed breakers on the expressway to reduce the recklessness of motorists.

The protest was said to have caused a traffic jam on the expressway for several hours, making motorists to take alternative routes to their destinations.

It was also gathered that men of the Ondo State Police Command were deployed in the area to disperse the protesters, but the youths refused to back down, insisting that the road would remain closed until government responded to their demand.

One of the protesters, Wahab, who claimed to be a student of the Adeyemi College of Education, said the protest would continue until the government found a solution to recurrent crashes on the road.

He said, “We are tired of accidents that usually occur here; we are students of the ACE who are living in this area. We will no more accept situations where vehicles will be killing our colleagues. We won’t leave here (expressway) until government erects bumps on this road.

“We have been to the local government and the police station in this area to protest.”

However, the Public Relations Officer of the ACE, Mrs. Seto Olatuyi, said the accident did not happen in the vicinity of the institution and did not involve students of the college.

“Though there was a protest, our students were not involved in any way. The incident happened about 500 metres away from our school gate and I was there to see things for myself; I did not see any of our students being involved,”Olatuyi said.

The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said men of the command had been drafted to the scene to avert breakdown of law and order.

He said, “A vehicle hit three persons; one died and two others had minor injuries. The driver escaped, but we are on top of the situation. As I speak to you, we are still begging the students to leave the road; but they insisted that they would not leave until speed breakers are constructed on the road.”

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