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We’re not responsible for your people’s deaths – Police tells Ondo Community

Nigeria Police, Ondo State Command, says it was not responsible for the death of three indigenes of Kajola in Odogbo Local Government Area of the state.

The report says the victims, including a village head, were reportedly crushed to death on Saturday evening by a hit-and-run driver on their motorcycle at the Kajola area on Lagos-Ore expressway.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Funmilayo Odunlami, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the victims’ death was not due to police recklessness but owing to flouting of traffic rules.

She said the three deceased were riding on a one-way route with a motorcycle without a headlamp, which led to a head-on collision with a speeding vehicle.

The death of the victims was not caused by the police, as been circulated. They died as a result of flouting traffic rules”.

“The three deceased were riding a motorcycle with no headlamp on a one-way route and had a head-on collision with a speeding vehicle. They have died now and are not able to tell the story”.

“Youths should find a way of registering their grievances. Lynching police officers or burning down a police station at every slightest opportunity is barbaric”.

“Police are there to protect them, while there are several emergency numbers through which they can report issues to the police headquarters. They should not take laws into their hands,” Odunlami said

NAN reports that youths in the area had accused the police of extortion at a checkpoint in the area which they described as illegal.

NAN/Maxwell Oyekunle

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