By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—Two mobile policemen and a civilian were Tuesday evening feared dead when a tipper driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle as a result of brake failure and rammed into a police checkpoint at New Tarzan Junction, along Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
But, the Divisional Police Officer at Ogidi, Hassan Musa, confirmed to newsmen yesterday that only one policeman lost his life in the incident, while two others were hospitalized, adding that the driver is currently in police custody.
The incident, according to a source, occurred as the tipper driver was descending the hill and on approaching the police checkpoint, lost control of the vehicle as a result of alleged brake failure and rammed into another lorry carrying a container that fell on the policemen.
Some eye-witnesses at the scene of the incident blamed the tipper driver for reckless driving, while others blamed the policemen for always creating artificial traffic jam along the road in a bid to extort money from commercial motorists.
According to one of the eye-witnesses who preferred anonymity, “those mobile policemen were drafted to that checkpoint few weeks ago when the police authorities sent many policemen to Onitsha in the aftermath of the recent protests by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and since then the policemen had turned that checkpoint into an extortion point.”