Hit-and-run driver kills police officer on duty

A suspected hit-and-run driver has killed one Inspector Bulus Joel of the Nigerian Police Force on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The police officer was on an official duty when the vehicle rammed into him on the busy highway in the late hours of Tuesday.

An eyewitness who spoke with newsmen in confidence said the deceased was on a routine patrol along with his other colleagues when they discovered there was a traffic gridlock in the corridor.

While making efforts to ease the traffic congestion on the corridor, a driver was said to have speedily made a maneuver to beat the traffic and in the process knocked the officer to the ground.

The eyewitness said, “It was as if the driver intentionally knocked down the officer because he didn’t stop even after seeing that he had knocked down a police officer.

“I’m also shocked that none of the other motorists made any attempt to pursue him. He was taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention.”

However, our correspondent learnt that Inspector Joel was confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odutola Omolola, confirmed the incident.

He described the death of the policeman as wicked and chastised other motorists who could not help to prevent the suspect from absconding.

She said, “Policemen are human. And they also have family members. Did no one see the driver knock down a police officer who was on duty and who was helping to ease traffic? Social media is quiet. No one is calling the police headquarters.

“All the other motorists who were there didn’t take pictures or videos. None of the motorists whom the policeman was helping made any attempt to stop the driver. Are policemen not humans? Don’t we also have family members? No one could even pursue the hit-and-run driver.”

Odutola, however, revealed that the corpse of the cop had been deposited at the teaching hospital morgue.


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