By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—HELL was let loose, yesterday, during a gun duel between policemen and armed robbers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at Sapade junction, in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State, leaving one dead and three others critically injured.
Vanguard gathered that the incident which occurred in the early hours involved no fewer than 10 robbers and some policemen from Ishara Division, who reportedly foiled a robbery attack on travellers on the road.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi, said an unidentified commercial bus driver was killed by the robbers during the gun duel.
He said three passengers who were being robbed sustained serious injuries.
Adejobi added that the robbers, who had laid ambush on the expressway, killed the commercial bus driver while attempting to escape as they started shooting sporadically.
According to him, “The Police Commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed the Divisional Police Officer of Ishara, S. P Bashir, to fish out the robbers.”
Also speaking on the incident, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, the Sector Commander, Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said the commercial bus with number-plate LAGOS XZ 271 FKJ , was heading to Ibadan from Lagos when the incident occurred about 10 am.
He said: “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 conditions.”
He said the rescue team of FRSC responded on time to take the victims to hospital and also controlled traffic in the area to forestall build-ups on the expressway.
He said the body of the driver was deposited at the mortuary of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Ijebu- Ode, while the other victims were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Meantime, doctors in Ogun State, yesterday, cried out over alleged insecurity in the state which was blamed on poverty and unemployment, urging the government to embrace good governance to solve the menace.
The doctors under the aegis of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, which held their 2012 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in Abeokuta, expressed worry over the dimension of insecurity in the country.
According to the NMA Chairman in the state, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, ”over 58 per cent of Nigerian youths were unemployed, palpable poverty all around us, power failure and other evils bedeviling our nation, our youths are with nothing than to channel their strength into violence,thuggery and fraudulent practices, out of desperation to make ends meet.”