Two persons lost their lives yesterday when a train crushed a commercial motorcycle (popularly known as okada) killing the rider and the passenger in Ikeja, Lagos. The incident happened around the PWD bus stop at about 10 am.
The passenger was later discovered to be a Police Inspector, identified as Philip Kolo, who was attached to the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit Strike Team, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
According to eyewitnesses, the rider had reportedly attempted to beat the oncoming train and cross the rail track when they were trapped and crushed to death.
It was said that people around had cautioned the motorcycle rider to wait, but he resisted did not yield. “When we went to the scene, we found the policeman’s identification card, but there was nothing with which we could identify the rider. As we were there, some policemen on patrol came around and confirmed the identity of the policeman. They later removed the bodies.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the corpses had been deposited in the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary.
He said, “The policeman was in Lagos for an investigation and was being conveyed from Agege to Ikeja when the motorcycle he was on was hit by the train. His corpse has been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.”