by Agency Reporter


An unidentified commercial bus driver was confirmed dead while three passengers were critically injured following a foiled robbery  at Sapade Junction on the  Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday.

Spokesman for   the Ogun Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, told the News Agency of  Nigeria that the driver died when 10 armed robbers, who had laid ambush on the expressway, shot sporadically in a bid to escape from the police.

Adejobi said policemen  from  Ishara Division swung into action when alerted and were able to dislodge the bandits who were armed  with AK 47 riffles and other sophisticated weapons.

He, however, said the Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, had given directive to fish out the  robbers who escaped with bullets wounds.

Adejobi said the police boss  warned that the command would not tolerate any incident of robbery in the state.

Also speaking on the incident, Ogun Sector Commander of  the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale,  said the commercial bus involved in the incident was marked  Lagos XZ 271 FKJ.

Omiyale said  the white bus was heading to Ibadan from Lagos when the incident occurred at about 10 am.

“The robbers shot sporadically at the driver and of course, he swerved into the bush before he died, leaving three of the passengers injured and in critical condition,” he said.

He said  the rescue team of  the FRSC responded on time, took the victims to the hospital and control led traffic on the busy  expressway.

The FRSC boss said the body of the driver had  been deposited at the mortuary of Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching  Hospital, Sagamu  where  the injured were also receiving treatment.


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