The family of Inspector Edighere Orhewere, whose life was cut short when an LT commercial bus crushed him in the Agbara area of Lagos State, has claimed that the breadwinner’s death has thrown his dependants into hardship.
It was learnt that the 50-year-old and his colleagues mounted surveillance at a black spot in the Agbara area when the driver of the commercial bus, with number plate KSF 475, lost control of the vehicle due to reckless driving and rammed the policeman from behind.
The driver reportedly abandoned the bus at the scene of the crash and absconded.
While some of the victim’s colleagues ran after the fleeing driver, others tried to rescue the father of seven, but the impact of the crash reportedly broke Orhewere’s waist and spinal cord.
The Inspector died on the spot, while efforts by his colleagues to arrest the fleeing driver proved abortive.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Orhewere was killed as a result of reckless driving on the part of the driver, adding that his remains were immediately evacuated and deposited in the Badagry General Hospital’s mortuary.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the command had launched a manhunt for the fleeing driver, adding that an investigation into the matter was ongoing.
Elkana said, “This is part of the hazards that police personnel face on the job every day, while carrying out their duties of protecting lives and properties as enshrined in the Constitution. It is either a policeman is killed by an armed robber or crushed by a vehicle while carrying out his lawful duty. These are some of the issues that most times Nigerians never get to know.
“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, is in pain for losing a policeman at this time that we need him the most; so, we mourn his passage. The police have a policy of giving a policeman, who died in the line of duty, a befitting burial and also his family can start processing his benefits after the mourning period.
“We have launched an investigation into the case and also launched a manhunt for the fleeing driver in a bid to track him down so that he can be prosecuted and justice is served.”