Two policemen on their way to duty were crushed to death by a tipper truck in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Sunday, November 13, 2022.
The policemen, killed in Adebayo area of the Ado Ekiti metropolis were travelling along the Ado-Ifaki dual carriageway.
Speaking with newsmen via telephone, yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, said the two policemen were on their way to Ado Ekiti on a bike when the tipper, whose driver was negotiating a diversion due to ongoing construction work on the road, overran them.
Abutu said: “I can confirm to you that this pathetic event happened this morning when the two policemen, who were coming from Iworoko Ekiti to their duty post in Ado Ekiti were crushed by a tipper.”
Continuing, he said: “The policemen were going on their own lane, it was the tipper’s driver that was negotiating a diversion placed on the road by the construction company rehabilitating the Ado-Ifaki by turning to the left side and overran them.”
The victims died on the spot.
“The driver of the tipper had been arrested while the corpses had been taken to the morgue at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital,” he affirmed.
Also speaking on the incident, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti Command, Mr Olusola Joseph, warned drivers plying all the roads in Ekiti to measure their speed to curb senseless carnage.
Ojo added; “Our drivers must be safety conscious. Some of these untimely deaths could have been prevented if we are cautious and careful in the way we speed.
“I appeal to our people to always keep to the highway safety precautions. It is not for anything, but for the safety of our lives”.
However, a source confirmed to journalists that the driver of the truck was said to have fled immediately after the incident and was later fished out and arrested by policemen.