BRT driver hits 30-year-old man, escapes mob action in Lagos
A 30-year-old man, Shehu Akolade, is battling for his life at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, after he was hit by a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver on Wednesday morning at Mangoro Bus stop, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
The Guardian gathered yesterday that the victim, who was rushed to LASUTH, Ikeja, is still in coma at the hospital’s intensive care unit.
It was learnt that the BRT driver was chased by angry youths at the scene of the incident and caught up with him at Ile-Epo Bus stop, but was rescued by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
An eyewitness, Mr Olakunle Bibilari, said the accident led to a chaotic gridlock as sympathisers trooped to the scene.
But to avoid a breakdown of law and order, and prevent the bus from being vandalised, FRSC officials released the driver.
Explaining how it happened, Bibilari said: “The bus hit the victim suddenly by force, which made him fall to the normal lane away from the fast lane.
“We immediately rushed to rescue the man. On getting there, his legs were already broken, even his hand. We rushed him to the nearby Olukayode Hospital, but since there was no one to stand in for him, he was rejected and brought back to the road. It was the FRSC officials who now took him to Ikeja General Hospital.”
The eyewitness added that the BRT monitoring team, who later returned to the scene of the incident, told them that the bus had been found, but without a plate number.
Another eyewitness, Segun Oluwasanmi, said: “The guy was hit at Mangoro bus stop on the BRT lane inwards Iyana Ipaja. The driver didn’t stop. So, Okada riders pursued the BRT driver, until they caught up with him around the Pleasure Bus Stop.”
MEANWHILE, the mother of the victim, Ashiat Akolade, has called on the Lagos State government and good-spirited Nigerians to assist the family assuage the pains of the tragedy.
“The accident happened within one hour of leaving home. I want the government to help me because this is beyond my power. What happened to him as a result of the accident is tragic. He is presently in a coma and within some hours, we have spent a huge sum of money,” she added.