Truck driver dies in an accident, pursued by claimants |
Truck drivers and angry youth closed the Asaba-Onitsha highway on Sunday after one of their members died in an accident while fleeing alleged tax collectors on the Head Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra state, IgbereTV reported.
The victim was identified as 25-year-old Michael Himezi Okori, a truck driver who was allegedly pursued by tax collectors stationed at Onitsha’s Head Bridge, when he suddenly lost control of his car and crashed into a concrete barricade.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, the brother of the deceased Maduabuchi Okoye, who was with him at the time of the incident, said that after paying 3,500 N3500 to collectors and receiving a receipt, the group was still pursuing them. When he was running away from the men, his brother hit a roadside post and the tree they were carrying fell on them.
The police took the deceased to a Toronto hospital, where upon arrival the doctor was confirmed dead.
The accident resulted in a traffic jam in the area, as hundreds of injured drivers blocked the highway with fires.
A spokesman for Haruna Mohammed State Police Command, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, December 6, said Police Commissioner John Abang had ordered a full investigation into the matter.
“06/12/2020 at approximately 4:00 AM, there was a report of a fatal car accident on the Asaba / Onitsha highway in the Onitsha Coca-Cola market, involving a Mercedes Benz 911 truck with registration number ACA -178-“ XA ”loaded with wood and driven by one Michael Chimezi Okori, a 25-year-old from Oduma at Aninri LGA in Enugu State, “the statement said.
“The incident occurred when a truck driver, allegedly being chased by suspected revenue collectors stationed at the main Onitsha bridge, suddenly lost control and crashed into a concrete barricade near the coke market. There”,
“As a result, the truck driver passed out and was taken to a Toronto hospital by the Okpoko County Police Patrol Unit, where the doctor on duty confirmed his death upon arrival. The corpse was photographed and sent to the same morgue as the hospital for postmortem examination. ”
“After the accident, however, hundreds of resentful youths went berserk and blocked the highway, setting fires on the road, but were later persuaded to disperse through the combined efforts of police, union leaders and state government officials.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner, KP John B. Abang, deeply saddened by the sad incident, ordered a full-scale investigation into the case. The KP also assures the public that the perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted. “
Source: – Igbere TV