A businessman , Ahmed Sulaiman, has been crushed to death by a Bus Rapid Transit vehicle in the Owode Onirin area of Lagos State .
PUNCH Metro gathered that the businessman had attempted to cross the BRT lane when the driver, Lekan Anifowose, who was conveying passengers inward Mile 12 , hit him.
It was learnt that a mob , consisting of traders at the Owode Onirin Market , took to the road to protest against the death.
BRT drivers plying the area reportedly stopped operation and parked their vehicles at a safe distance to protect the vehicles from being vandalised by the mob .
A passenger , Riliwan Olaribigbe , told our correspondent that vehicular movement on the BRT lane was delayed for hours due to the incident , adding that it took the intervention of some naval ratings to restore normalcy in the area .
He said , “There was an accident at Owode Onirin that resulted in a loss of life . What I gathered was that a BRT bus killed one of the people at Owode Onirin and over 40 BRT buses, including those going to Ikorodu and Lagos , were delayed to avoid destruction by the people in the area .
“We spent over one hour on a spot and while we were being delayed, the management of the BRT addressed us on the issue . By the time we got to Owode Onirin, I saw about five naval ratings directing vehicular movement after restoring normalcy in the area .”
The Chief Security Officer of Primero Transport Services Limited , the franchise holder of the BRT vehicles , Cletus Okodolor, while commiserating with the victim ’s family, said the driver and the bus were in police custody .
He said , “The victim worked at Owode Onirin Market . He was trying to cross our corridor but did not properly check the road . The bus man going inward Mile 12 could not avoid him and knocked him down; he died on the spot.
“His colleagues in the market all came out in anger , so the bus man abandoned the bus and ran away . We quickly informed the Owode Police Station from where policemen were mobilised to the scene to prevent the situation from getting out of hand . We also invited some naval ratings at Ogolonto to back up the efforts of the policemen . After about one hour , the situation was brought under control .
“ The deceased ’s family took his corpse away , but the bus and the driver are in police custody .”