14th February, 2012
A 30-year old man identified as Nureni Makinde was crushed to death by a fully loaded petrol tanker today at Oke-Sokori area of Abeokuta, in Abeokuta South local government council area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
The incident happened where a road is being constructed. It took the intervention of the men of the Nigeria Police Force and Ogun State Traffic Compliance Enforcement Agency (TRACE) to save the life of the tanker driver who was about to be lynched by the irate youths in the area.
The truck driver was later taken away by the police and detained at a near-by police station.
The accident, according to eye witness account occurred early today when the deceased was trying to cross the road from where he had gone to buy some pipes for a plumbing job.
The tanker with registration number XM 10 FST (LAGOS), was loaded with premium motor spirit, pms, also known petrol when the incident occurred.
Our correspondent gathered that the petrol truck drove against the traffic as a result of the on-going road construction at Ibara/ Ita Eko/ Totoro road when the deceased crossed the road, believing that he was on a safe side of the road.
Nureni, who died on the spot was crushed by the truck. His remains have been deposited at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta.
When our correspondent visited the family compound of the late Makinde at the Oke Sokori around Tinubu Square, his elder brother, Adisa said the victim had just left the house and after short while he was informed that Makinde had died.
According to him,” Nureni left home about five minutes ago promising to surprise us, we don’t understand what he meant by that statement as he was laughing as he hurriedly moved out. We just heard a loud noise from outside and just like other people, we rushed out to see what had happened, only to see Nureni bleeding profusely, with his head crushed.”
The deceased, according to his brother, Adisa had a wife with three children.
All efforts to see his wife proved abortive as our correspondent learnt that she had not been informed about the incident.
Meanwhile, the TRACE Commandant General, Ayo Sangofadeji, has cautioned motorists in Abeokuta metropolis to drive carefully because of the on-going reconstruction within the city.
By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta