Protest hits Lagos -Abeokuta Expressway, as vehicle kills female student 


Motorists and travellers were marooned on Thursday on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway at Wasimi axis, as students of United Comprehensive High School, Ewekoro Local Government,  blocked the highway while protesting the death of their colleague, Mercy Godwin.

While some said the late 16-year-old female JSS 2 student was knocked down and killed by a moving truck, some others claimed it was a Toyota Picnic commercial vehicle.

The students who blocked the highway for over three hours, prevented vehicles from passing on both lanes of the road.

They also set the vehicle involved ablaze.

As seen by our correspondent, the angry pupils created barricades along the Expressway to express their anger.

Motorists had to divert to bush paths and abandoned roads in the villages around Itori and Wasimi village to Abeokuta and Ifo roads.

Some people were also reportedly injured during the protest.

The deceased’s father, Adegwu Godwin , described the death of his daughter as painful.

He said, “The death of this girl pains me a lot because , she is the one that has been assisting me .

“I want the state government to help me financially so that I will be able to carry her corpse back to my town, Benue State for funeral activities.”

The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident.

He, however, refuted that a policeman was injured during the protest, and said it was a Toyota Picnic commercial vehicle that killed the student.

He said, “What happened was that a Toyota picnic car hit a secondary school student, at Wasimi and the student died and her colleagues went on rampage and blocked the roads and the Area Commander Ota was at the scene, they have cleared the blockage.

“The vehicle was burnt and the person who drove the car has been caught.

“The situation is under control now, the road is free now.”


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