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Truck crushes 3 brothers in Ilorin

19 July 2013, 14:01

Ilorin-  Three brothers were crushed to death on Thursday in Ilorin  when a truck carrying cement had a head-on collision with their motorcycle.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accident occurred on old Jebba Road in Oyun area of Ilorin.

An eyewitness said  the brothers were trying to overtake the vehicle in front of  them when the oncoming truck crashed into them.

The truck was heading toward Oke-Oyi while the victims were heading for  Ilorin.

The three victims, who  were said to be members of a family in Oke-Oyi, the headquarters of Ilorin East Local Government Area, died on the spot.

NAN gathered that a group of angry youths in the area beat up the occupants of the truck and set the vehicle on fire.

Some of the youths also   carted away some bags of cement before the intervention of the police.

Adeniyi Dogunro, the  Public Relations Officer of  Kwara Command of the FRSC,  said the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

In his reaction, DSP Olufemi Fabode, the Police Public Relations Officer of  Kwara Command, also confirmed the incident.

He said  that some youths had  been arrested with about 100 bags of cement.

Fabode condemned the action of  the youths, saying  it would be difficult for the owner of the truck to compensate the family of the victims.

He urged  residents of the state to refrain from self help, saying:

"People should allow Vehicle Inspection Officers to do their work  and that would bring justice.

"How would the owner of the truck compensate the family of victims now? This is bad and our people must stop this,’’ he said.

 - NAN

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