The Lagos State Police Command said that the accident that occurred on Tuesday at Grammar School, Ojodu-Berger, Lagos, claimed the lives of two students while 12 others sustained injuries.
In a statement issued by the police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the victims of the incident were students of Bab Fafunwa Millennium School, Ojodu, formerly Ojodu Grammar School.
A chief superintendent of police, Mr Ajisebutu said around 2:15 p.m., a DAF truck with Registration No. APP 438 YA driven by one Bolaji Kabiru, rammed into some pedestrians, resulting in casualties.
“As a result of the accident, two males died on the spot, seven females and five males totaling 12 victims sustained varying degrees of injuries.
“Corpses of the dead students (identity not yet known) were evacuated with the support of officers of the FRSC and were deposited at the Morgue of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, for autopsy,” he said.
He said traffic officers and other responders were deployed to the scene of the incident, adding that injured students were taken to God’s Apple City Hospital; St. Michael Hospital; and the Lagos State Emergency Hospital, Toll Gate.
“The erring driver has been apprehended and kept in police custody. However, the angry students who were later joined by hoodlums set the vehicle on fire,” he said.
Ajisebutu further said that the students and hoodlums in their large numbers attacked Ojodu Police Station, “demanding the release of the driver for jungle justice.”
He said to avoid total infringement law, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, deployed policemen comprising tactical teams, Rapid Response Squad and others to the scene.
“The protesters were professionally dispersed with minimum force without resulting to any further injury,” Ajisebutu said.