A yet to be identified commercial bus driver has been shot dead at a checkpoint in Oye community, headquarters of Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, by a policeman.
Witnesses claimed that the bus was traveling from Ikare in Ondo State and had arrived at the checkpoint late in the evening of Tuesday.
The witnesses also alleged that the driver had refused to part with money at the checkpoint, an action they claimed had infuriated one of the policemen, who shot at the vehicle speeding away.
The witness claimed: “When the driver was hit by the bullet, he lost control of the bus and it somersaulted, leaving the passengers therein.
“He was lying dead at the scene while in the confusion, every other person was crawling out of the crashed vehicle, seeking help.”
Speaking on the accident, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), through Mr. Mohammed Olowo, quoted witnesses as saying that only the driver of the bus, shot allegedly by a policeman, died in the incident.
Olowo said there were no critical injuries, pointing out that a hospital call the morning did not register any critical injury.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State, Police Command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident, and also confirmed that the policeman had shot the driver.
Adeyemi, who spoke on telephone, said the suspect, whose name he gave as Corporal Ayodele Famodimu, had been arrested and is “already facing departmental orderly room trial.”
Adeyemi said when the trial has been concluded, he would be dismissed after which he would be charged to court.
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