EBONYI, Nigeria – A truck driver and conductor have been killed by angry youths after their vehicle crushed five children to death in Ebonyi State.
Spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police Command, DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday, said that the accident happened at Onu Nworiegu in Oshiri, Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
“The DPO of Onicha got a distress call that an accident happened killing five school children and angry youths attacked the driver and killed him.
“The driver, Ewa Innocent, is from Ameka Ikwo while the conductor, Ojim Danis, is from Agharazo, Iyiemgu Izzi.
“It was gathered that the water truck allegedly belongs to a company known as C- Sagas project Nigeria Limited.
“The children from Amaokpara village in Oshiri were said to be returning home from St Michaels School when the truck ran over them on the road.
“However, the driver fled immediately after the incident but youths of the area chased and caught up with the truck at Onicha Igbeze, a neighbouring community and lynched him and his conductor.
“The bus driver and conductor were confirmed dead by a doctor in the hospital and their corpses have been deposited at Onicha general hospital,” she said.
She also urged motorists to drive more carefully during the ember months.
“I commiserate with the family of the deceased and pray God grants them the strength to bear the loss.
“I also want to warn road users to drive with care because we have lost a lot this year,” she added.