Sunday, 27 October 2019


Tragedy struck on Saturday in Edo State as a BMW car overran four women said to be of the same parents at Uselu, on Lagos-Benin Road, Benin City and killed them on the spot.

The driver who was with his wife reportedly lost control of the car and veered into the roadside where the four siblings were waiting to board a cab.

One of the deceased women was said to be pregnant. The incident which happened around 6.30am sparked off a protest by the Uselu youths who mounted a roadblock.

Our correspondent learnt the police later mobilised to the scene and shot into the air to disperse the angry youths.

In the process, five persons were said to have sustained gunshot wounds; one in the shoulder, another at the chest. A protester was also reportedly shot in the eye.

The spokesman for the group, Osas Ikpomwosa, said the police took two of the injured youths away.

However, the protesting youths vowed not to leave the highway until their members arrested by the police were released.

Ikpomwosa stated that the cops also removed the four bodies and deposited them at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

He said, “The accident happened around 6.15 am opposite Uselu Park. We woke up to see four female bodies on the road and two persons in the car, a man and a woman. I don’t know where they were coming from. One of the bodies was inside the gutter and two were on the road. The pregnant woman was lying lifeless on the road. I guess they were going to New Benin Market.”

He added that the police rescued the car driver and the woman and took them to a hospital.

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