A street sweeper with the Lagos Waste Management Authority narrowly escaped death on Thursday after being crushed to a stationary petrol tanker by a motorist conveying a woman said to be the wife of a soldier .
The incident, which occurred around 8 . 30 am on the Apapa Road in Ebute Meta , attracted sympathisers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps to the scene .
According to the supervisor , who did not give her name , the victim , Tawa Ariyo , had just finished sweeping the road and sat in front of the Forte Oil filling station and was awaiting further instruction when the Toyota Matrix car rammed into her .
The woman being conveyed in the car turned to the driver and asked him to join the rescue team to take the victim , who was bleeding profusely in her mangled leg, to the nearest hospital .
The woman then brought out her phone and begged one of the attendants at the filling station to help call her husband.
A man , who identified himself simply as ‘ Major ’ , answered from the other end and 10 minutes later , a corporal and two other soldiers showed up at the scene in two cars.
While one of the cars ferried the wife of the major away from the scene , the other headed for the hospital .
When our correspondent visited the Primary Health Centre in Oyingbo, the information officer confirmed that a 42 – year – old woman was brought to the clinic , but she had been referred to the Lagos Island General Hospital .
“ Her situation is a complex one that demands intensive care hence , the need to refer her to the hospital , ” she said .
Ariyo , who was admitted to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital , told
Reports gathered, “I heard my colleagues saying the woman , whose vehicle hit me , was the wife of a military man .
I cannot really say whether the driver was drunk or he simply lost control of the car .
At first , I was so angry when they told me that the woman did not follow us to the hospital .
I was alone with my supervisor and other LAWMA officials in the ambulance .
“ The soldiers ordered the driver to take us to the Military Hospital in Yaba , but we refused because we use the Lagos Island General Hospital .
Their last words before we departed were that the major would send someone to come and clear my hospital bill . ”
However , our correspondent was accosted by two soldiers , led by one M . A. Mohammed , and they demanded to know his mission and made several attempts to bully him and compel him to delete the pictures and the interview he had with the victim .
When they realised that he was not willing to obey them , Mohammed ordered the corporal to grab our correspondent while he forcefully deleted all the pictures from the phone .
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