*Section of the Oke Afa canal bridge

What could have been a tribal war was averted yesterday after an unidentified cart pusher was allegedly pushed into the canal by a tricycle on the Oke Afa bridge at Isolo in Lagos.

According to eye witnesses, the tricycle collided with the truck of the victim, believed to hail from the Northern part of the country, while trying to avoid a sports utility vehicle, SUV on the bridge.

The driver of the tricycle was said to have ridden off, while the driver of the SUV also escaped leaving his car behind. A good Samaritan who attempted to rescue the cart pusher was, however, mistaken for the driver of the car and was almost beaten to coma by some Northerners before he was rescued by bystanders who explained to the irate Northerners that the guilty driver had actually fled the scene.

Meanwhile, chairman of the community of truck pushers and scavengers in the area identified as Seriki, informed that the seriously injured cart pusher had been taken to the Isolo General Hospital where he is presently on admission.

His intervention ensured that the matter was peacefully resolved as he successfully calmed the Northerners who were threatening a showdown with bystanders for stopping them from killing the suspected offender.

The timely intervention of men of the Okota/Isolo police station prevented the SUV from being burnt by the mob.  The car was subsequently taken away by the police.

As at the time of filing this report, two policemen were on ground to curtail any form of violence.“The railings of the bridge have virtually off and accidents of this nature will continue to take place if the government does not carry out the necessary repair works,” a bystander said while expressing his displeasure at the state of the bridge.

It will be recalled that several people drowned at the same Oke Afa in January 27, 2002 following a bomb blast at the Ikeja Military Cantonment.


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