Sunday 23 July 2017

14 killed as bus runs over robbery victims

A bus driver ran over and killed 14 passengers who had been ordered to lie in the middle of a road after their own bus was robbed on its way to Nigeria's capital, police have said.

Robbers stopped an overnight bus early on Tuesday and made passengers disembark and lie down on the busy road that connects the commercial hub of Lagos to the capital of Abuja, Kogi state police spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi said. Another bus then ran over them and drove off.

"Even if he was running away from that area for safety, the driver should at least have gone to a nearby police station to report what happened," Mr Okasanmi said.

"As a human being, he should have alerted someone."

Rescuers found 14 bodies at the scene of the accident. Another man was wounded after the bus ran over his legs. He told police that his wife and son were among the dead. More than 30 other people are missing.

Aside from the threat of robberies, accidents are also common on the country's poorly maintained roads.

Irish Independent

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