An angry mob has set ablaze a policeman’s vehicle on Abeokuta Road, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, for crushing a schoolboy to death.PUNCH Metrolearnt that the boy, identified simply as Ope, was crushed at about 4pm while returning from school on Wednesday, and he reportedly died on the spot.
It was gathered that the deceased, who wore the uniform of Moslem Comprehensive Junior School, was riding a bicycle by the roadside when the vehicle hit him.
The policeman who drove the vehicle, said to be an officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was said to have abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene when he saw that the boy had died.
A mob, which gathered at the scene, was said to have set the policeman’s vehicle ablaze, and also protested against the policeman’s action, leading to shop owners closing their shops, while pedestrians hurriedly fled the area.
A resident, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, Saheed Ajala, said policemen from the Obalende division later came to remove the boy’s corpse.
Saheed added that no one in the area could immediately identify the name or address of the victim. and made efforts to take the car away, but the mob frustrated them.