A police driver has killed two people while trying to stop an overloaded commercial bus on the Asaba-Ibusa-Ogwashi-Uku expressway, Oshimili area of Delta state, on Thursday October 6.
Punch reports that the driver of the commercial bus and a male suspect whom the police were taking to the state command in Asaba, died on the spot.
Female suspect, who the policemen had also arrested, reportedly passed out and was rushed to a hospital.
An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Uche, said the police van, with inscription anti-crime patrol, Kwale division, was coming from the Ogwashi-Uku area about 2pm when the incident happened.
He said the police, upon sighting the overloaded bus, started chasing it, Uche added that the bus was heading towards the Ughelli area when the police van, carrying three policemen and two suspected criminals, crashed into it to force it to a halt.
Although one of the bus passengers survived, the bus driver, identified as Chinedu Ojimadu, was not so lucky as he was burnt to death in the presence of sympathisers and the policemen.
It was gathered that the police, in order to avoid a reprisal from sympathisers, called for help from the Ibusa police station.
“This accident was a flagrant abuse of power by those who are supposed to enforce the law. The policemen veered off their lane to stop a bus on motion from a slope, which resulted in the bus exploding.
”The incident must be thoroughly investigated. The three policemen must be fished out to pay for their crime. They killed my brother for no just cause. They watched my brother burn without doing anything,” a relative of the deceased driver said.
A senior police officer at the Kwale police division confirmed the incident.
The spokesperson for the Delta state police command, Celestina Kalu, also confirmed the incident but said she could not tell if there was any casualty.
In a related development, In two days, well over 2,800 motorists have been fined by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) for ignoring the directive to install speed limiting devices on their vehicles before October 1.