Nigeria: 69-Year-Old Bus Driver in Custody for Fatally Hitting 10-Year-Old on Iganmu-Mile 2 Expressway

Nigeria: 69-Year-Old Bus Driver in Custody for Fatally Hitting 10-Year-Old on Iganmu-Mile 2 Expressway

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

A tragic incident occurred on Sunday morning on the Iganmu-Mile 2 Expressway in Lagos State, as a 10-year-old boy named Chukwudi lost his life after being hit by a commercial bus. The driver, identified as 69-year-old Waidi Saheed, is currently in police custody.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident took place around 8:30 a.m. when the bus, a Nissan Coastal with registration number JJE-134 XK, was traveling at a high speed and collided with the young boy. The impact of the collision resulted in a fatal injury to Chukwudi’s skull, causing him to die instantly.

One Bernard, who was with his children on a culvert at the Doyin bus stop when the incident occurred, provided a firsthand account of the tragic event. He stated, “I was going to church with my children at about 7 a.m., and while standing on a culvert at the Doyin bus stop along the Iganmu-Mile 2 Expressway, a Nissan Coastal commercial bus driven by one Waidi Saheed, aged 65, who was alleged to be driving at high speed, hit his son, aged 10, and smashed his skull, and he died instantly.”

The police swiftly responded to the scene and encountered resistance from a group of miscreants who attacked them with bottles and stones while they were trying to evacuate the deceased’s body. However, with the arrival of additional patrol teams, the situation was brought under control.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, confirmed the incident and provided an update. He stated, “The corpse has been taken to the morgue at the Yaba General Hospital. The driver was later arrested, and the accident vehicle is in police custody. The investigation is ongoing.”

This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for drivers to exercise caution and adhere to speed limits. The loss of a young life is a tragedy that could have been avoided.

It is crucial for authorities to continue their efforts in promoting road safety awareness and enforcing traffic regulations to prevent such devastating accidents from occurring in the future.

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