An angry mob has set the car of the drunk policeman ablaze after he knocked down and killed a schoolboy on Abeokuta Road, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The deceased identified as Opeyemi Osibanjo, was the only child of his mother and was killed in the evening of Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
As at Thursday, June 25, 2015 the burnt car was still at the scene of the incident while the drunk official said to be attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the state police command was yet to be tracked.
Late Osibanjo was said to be riding on a bicycle by the roadside when the policeman knocked him against a culvert killing him instantly.
The corpse of the victim was subsequently evacuated and taken to a mortuary by some policemen from the Obalende division.
An eyewitness, Saheed Ajala, said, “The boy was riding a bicycle by the roadside; he was on his way home. The policeman’s vehicle threw him against a culvert, and he died instantly. The policeman wore a black T-shirt with SARS written on it. He fled the scene on seeing that the boy was dead.
“A crowd of sympathisers gathered at the scene and lamented the reckless driving of the policeman. Later, some policemen came and made efforts to take the car away, but the mob frustrated them.
“They destroyed the vehicle and set it ablaze. There was commotion on the road as residents fled, and shop owners quickly locked their shops.”
One of the shop owners in the area, who declined to give her name, said the burnt vehicle was still at the junction as of Thursday, June 25, 2015.
She said, “The burnt vehicle is still at the junction. We don’t know if the boy’s family members have shown up at the police division.”
A source from the police stated that the matter had reached the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta, adding that the commissioner of police had ordered an immediate nvestigation into the incident.