Cement truck kills couple, five others in Ogun

 An angry mob burnt the trucks following the incident.

A couple riding on a motorbike, as well five other persons have been killed in a multi-vehicle crash at Ibese Town, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The victims were killed on Thursday night by three trucks allegedly belonging to Dangote Cement Company. The trucks were loaded with cement. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the crash was as a result of the recklessness of the truck drivers.

When contacted, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Itori, Fatai Bakare, confirmed the accident to journalists in Abeokuta, adding that the number plates of the trucks were removed before the arrival of the security operatives.

He further explained that two motorbikes carrying three passengers each were crushed by the trucks.

Irate local youth set two of the trucks on fire including a motor-boy from one of the trucks.

Mr. Bakare attributed the accident to recklessness of the truck driver adding that they are generally reckless in the area.

He said the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Ilaro General Hospital morgue.

“It was an accident involving three trucks belonging to Dangote Cement Company but before we got there, the number plates of the trucks were already removed before the men of FRSC got to the scene, Mr. Bakare said.

“Seven people died in the accident including an husband and wife on a bike. It involved 6 males and 1 female. Their bodies have been deposited at the Ilaro General Hospital morgue. As expected, people reacted angrily and burnt down two trucks of the cement company.

“The accident was a result of recklessness on the part of the driver which led to the loss of control. Truck drivers along that route are generally reckless and FRSC is doing all that is necessary to put the situation under control,” he added.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said only four people died from the accident.

Mr. Adejobi, in a telephone interview, said it was a fatal accident involving the trailer and two motor bikes.

He explained that no fewer than 50 mobile and conventional police men have been drafted to the scene to restore order and contain the angry mob that took advantage of the incident to mete jungle justice.

He said the State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, has been in the town since Thursday to hold meetings with the traditional ruler, youth organizations and Dangote Cement Company on how best to manage the situation.

“Since yesterday, the Commissioner of Police has been holding meetings with the traditional ruler, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, and all the stakeholders in the area on how best to manage the situation.

“Ogun State police command has drafted over 50 policemen which include both mobile and conventional policemen to maintain law and order in the area,” he said.

However, in a swift reaction, the Head, Corporate Communications of Dangote Cement, Anthony Chiejina, denied that the trailer which crushed the victims belonged to the cement company.

Chiejina described the development as unfortunate adding that men of the company were on ground to ascertain the development and provide assistance to those who might have been affected.

“Dangote Cement Plc has learnt of a sad and unfortunate incident involving a cement dealer’s truck- not Dangote truck- resulting in loss of lives at Ibese, near Ilaro, Ogun State.

“The angry community immediately after, in reaction to the incident, waylaid Dangote Cement trucks- one empty, the other cement loaded- coming to and from our plant, attacked the drivers and burnt the trucks.

“We are currently on ground to ascertain the development and provide assistance to those who might have been affected,” Mr. Chiejina said.

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