Four operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday morning sustained serious injuries while on operation when an over- speeding KIA RIO belonging to a hired car operator rammed into their vehicle near Ogudu Bus Stop.
The RRS men were on duty point patrolling along Ogudu – Alapere axis inspecting the ‘Light-Up Lagos Project’ facilities when the accident occurred at about 12:06am on Sunday. According to intelligence gathered at the scene of the accident, RRS officials were driving when a KIA Rio with lone occupant on a high speed rammed into them from behind.
An eyewitness who was at the scene of the incident and later conveyed the injured to Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for treatment. “The RRS vehicle was going slowly on the road because they were monitoring the Light Up Lagos Project facilities when the KIA Rio on top speed from Lagos Island towards Alapere rammed into the RRS Ford car with registration number RRS 068 LA thereby bundling it and the officers into a nearby ditch.” The witness said.
Four officers of the RRS were seriously injured including the driver of the car in the accident. As at the time of writing this report, three of RRS operatives have been discharged from the hospital while one along with the driver of the speeding vehicle is expected to be discharged later in the day. Further investigation into the identity of the KIA Rio driver revealed that he newly established his Car Hire services on Friday after leaving the services of a truck-driving firm. It would be recalled that vandals have been ceaselessly tampering with the ‘Light Up Lagos’ cables before the commissioning of the project in April; one Lucky Udeagwu was arrested with a 35-meter long cable meant for the project in Ogudu. Few weeks ago, RRS operatives again arrested another suspect, Obaji Christopher for cutting the project cable at the Ogudu axis. These informed the constant monitoring of the area by the operatives, particularly at night.