Eyewitnesses have accused the operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of causing a fatal accident that involved three Chinese at China Town junction on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway early on Sunday morning.
The victims were said to have run into one of two trucks in the custody of the police on the highway after the truck drivers refused to bribe the police.
According to one of the eyewitnesses who simply identified himself as Quadri, the police shot at the tyre of one of the trucks, thereby causing panic in the vicinity.
The truck drivers immediately ran away but left their trucks behind, FIJ gathered.
One of the Chinese, a woman, managed to open the backdoor of their Mercedes car and was quoted saying: “Help me! Help me!”, but didn’t get any assistance from the police until she phoned other Chinese nationals to come to their rescue.
One of the two other victims was badly injured in the eye and the other sustained injuries on his body.
Quadri added the youths “called the Emergency number more than 50 times but the calls were unanswered”.
“These same policemen were there too,” he said. “While the woman was calling for help, they said ‘this is Oyinbo’ and ran away.”
FIJ had earlier contacted CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, the RRS Commander at daybreak on Sunday, but he said he didn’t know about the event. He also promised to get back to our reporter but never did.
When this reporter called back on Tuesday evening, Egbeyemi stated that “it was a collision accident with an upcoming vehicle plying one-way”.
He added that the Chinese victims were rescued and taken to the Emergency Centre at the Toll Gate.
Contrary to the account of the RRS Commander, pictures obtained from the scene didn’t show any vehicle at the scene to have collided with the victims’ on the other lane.
FIJ is still making efforts to speak with the Chinese victims and the truck drivers.
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