There was pandemonium at the Ring Road axis of Benin City, the Edo State capital, Tuesday as a commercial bus driver fleeing from Edo State Public Work Volunteers (POWOV) hits a 25 years old wheelbarrow-pusher.
The Driver, identified as Ali, was said to be picking passengers from Sokponba Road axis of the Ring Road when he sighted members of the POWOV Taskforce and started fleeing, while the Taskforce went after him.
The bus registration number is BEN 804 YE.
According to an eye witness who is a friend of the victim, the wheelbarrow-pusher was carrying his wheelbarrow with birds he wanted to deliver to his costumer at Ekiosa market when the Driver hit him.
His friend, named Bala, further disclosed that the bus driver was trying to escape from the POWOV men when he hit him and dragged him to more than three polls.
He said his friend was quickly rushed to Central Hospital, Benin by good samaritans for quick medical attention.
The victim was seen being attended to by doctors and other health workers on duty at the Central Hospital when our crew visited emergency unit of the hospital.
Reacting, the chairman, POWOV, Mr Murtari Bello- Osaigie, said the bus driver was picking passengers at the prohibited Sokponba Road Junction, when he sighted the POWOV Taskforce and started fleeing, which led to hitting the young man.
He noted that members of the Taskforce did not go after the driver.
“What happened was that the Driver of the bus was picking passengers at the Sakponba Road Junction, when he sighted the members of the Taskforce he started running and ran into the wheelbarrow-pusher.The boy is receiving treatment and will soon be discharged,” he concluded