Chaos erupted on November 30, in Ogun State when students of D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, in Ewekoro Local Government area of the state went on rampage at the Itori end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, over the death of one of their colleagues who was reportedly crushed by a truck.
According to Vanguard report, the victim, Ahmed Oladimeji, was an OND 2 student of Business Administration of the institution.
The victim, who reportedly lost his life when he crossed the Expressway in front of the school, was on his way to collect his Industrial attachment letter, according to a statement by an unnamed source.
The truck that crushed the victim was reportedly on its way to Abeokuta
The students on hearing the sad news about the incident were said to have raced to the scene, but the driver of the truck had escaped.
However, they descended on the truck and set it ablaze. The students were said to have disrupted the traffic, which led to a gridlock.
One of those affected by the gridlock, Adesanmi Sunday said, “It was like a war zone, the students did not allow any vehicle to pass through. The students made bonfires on three different spots between their campus and Itori town.”
The registrar of the institution, Mr. Bayo Ogundimu, who spoke to newsmen on the telephone confirmed the incident.
He said the victim had just completed his ordinary diploma programme and was heading school to collect letter for his Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme when he crushed by the truck.
He said, “The truck that killed him was coming from Lagos-end and heading to Abeokuta. You know many of those truck drivers are reckless.
“There was a trailer that fell around Itori-Wasinmi axis, and the traffic on both lanes were collapsed into one. It became one-way for those coming from Lagos, because they were facing those coming from Abeokuta.”
“We tried our best to save his life but he died on the way to the General Hospital, Ifo,” he said.
The police had to intervene and managed to bring an end to the students’ violence with canisters of teargas.