The Oyo State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a water tanker driver, Taofeek Oyeweso , who has gone into hiding after he allegedly crushed an engineer , Afees Tijani , while on the way to deliver water to a company in the state.
Reports gathered that Tijani was riding his power bike to Ibadan when Oyeweso , who was driving against the traffic , rammed him less than a kilometre to the
Sat Guru Maharajji camp end of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway .
According to eyewitnesses , Oyeweso refused to wait after the crash , but while trying to escape, the tanker, with number plate BDJ 01 YC , ran into a ditch and got stuck .
Tijani ’ s friend , Jeremiah Osho, who witnessed the accident , said Oyeweso abandoned the tanker and absconded , adding that the unconscious engineer was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital , Ibadan , where he was placed on life support machine .
Osho stated, “I was driving from Abeokuta to Ibadan but met Tijani at Saapade , he was riding his power bike to Ibadan when I saw him .
So , we stopped at the bridge and greeted, and later embarked on our journeys .
After about 15 minutes ’ drive , I saw that the vehicle moving ahead of us suddenly swerved to the left when Tijani wanted to overtake it , so he swerved to the right , but in the process , one of the three water tankers driving against the traffic ran into him .
“ I quickly reversed and got out of my car to rescue my friend but he was almost dead when I found him by the roadside .
His left leg was shattered and he was having seizures , so , I removed his helmet and shirt and started fanning to sustain him .
I called the Sector Commander , FRSC , and she sent a rescue team ; a passer – by also helped in informing the police officers at the Ibadan tollgate.
“ We traced the water tanker that hit him to a company it went to deliver water to , but when we got there , we were told that Oyeweso drove out immediately he delivered the water.
We followed the direction he took and found the truck stuck in a ditch, but the driver was nowhere to be found . ”
Tijani ’ s elder brother, Ishaq , said doctors had been battling to save the life of the father of three, adding that his left leg had been amputated .
Ishaq stated , “ I was on my way to Lagos when I received a call that my brother was involved in an accident .
The person , who informed me , said he had died .
So , I alighted from the bus and went to meet the Federal Road Safety Corps officials to take me to the location , but I was told that my brother had been moved to the Intensive Care Unit of the UCH , Ibadan .
“When I got to the hospital , I saw my brother on life support machine and to make matters worse , his left leg had been cut off .
We have been staying with him at the hospital since then .
His company has sent representatives to check on him and the police , during investigation , came with the owner of the tanker to the hospital . ”
The Managing Director of Mc Morphills Investment Limited , the company that employed Oyeweso , Babalola Aladenika, while commiserating with the victim and his family , blamed Oyeweso for driving against the traffic , adding that the firm had been working with the state police command to ensure the arrest of the fleeing driver.
Aladenika said , “ The driver was at fault for driving against the traffic to face incoming vehicles from Lagos .
From what I was told , there was no traffic on the normal lane when he took the decision that led to the accident .
I have been to the UCH to check on the motorcyclist and I saw that his leg had been amputated .
Oyeweso is at large and we have been making frantic efforts to locate him , because he disappeared after the accident .
“ He is not at his known address in Ibadan ; we also went to his second address at Meiran in Lagos , but he was nowhere to be found .
All his three numbers are switched off ; I have reported to the police to declare him wanted , because the victim ’ s family is insisting on seeing him and has been insinuating that we don’ t want to release him since we cannot provide him .
But it is not true; we are willing to assist the family to get justice . ”
When contacted , the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer , Gbenga Fadeyi, said a manhunt had been launched for Oyeweso.
Fadeyi stated , “Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the driver, who has gone into hiding .
But the owner of the tanker is working with the police to make sure that the driver is arrested.
“ He drove against the traffic and the victim was knocked down ; the police have been going to the UCH to check on the victim , whose leg was amputated due to the injury he sustained.
We are still looking for Oyeweso and we will soon get him . ”
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