Tragedy: Cab pursued by police van somersaults, kills woman in Iresa Ogbomoso

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Tragedy: Cab pursued by police van somersaults, kills woman in Iresa Ogbomoso

Yinka ADETUNJI

A middlle aged woman has lost her life due to the overzealousness and headiness of security agents pursuing a cab through Iresaapa, a market community near Ogbomoso, in Surulere local government area of Oyo state.

The woman, identified as Iya Caleb or Mrs Ojo, was walking by the road when the cab which somersaulted fell on her. She reportedly died on the spot.

Eyewitnesses told ogbomosoinsightonline.com that the cab, a Mitsubishi Lancer 1999, commonly called Ijaya, was on high speed enroute Oko town hotly pursued by the Highway patrol van when it ran into a ditch and swerved to hit a borehole scaffold causing it to somersault.

The woman walking by became the unfortunate victim.

“We were in our various shops and stalls when the cab coming from the direction of Ogbomoso veered towards the market boulevard with a police vehicle hot on its trail and gbam the cab ran into a pothole, tumbled and fell on the woman,” an eyewitness said.

The commuter vehicle, fully loaded, took off from Owode, Ogbomoso and was headed towards Oko also in Surulere local government.

Other occupants of the cab sustained various degrees of injuries with the driver said to have being severely wounded in the head.

An unidentified student of Community High School, Iresaapa, in the vehicle also sustained arm injuries.

Meanwhile the patrol vehicle disappeared the moment the accident occured.

It is however learnt that one of the police men in the pursuit van, whose name is given as Adelani, is a resident of Iresaapa, where he has a shop.

Angry youths have thus destroyed his shop and spoiling for war.

Why the police were pursuing the cab remain is yet unknown.

 

 

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