was killed on Tuesday after the brakes of an overloaded trailer failed
at the Ekoro junction, in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State, Punch
The trailer driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle, which
reportedly sped in the direction of a tricycle Ajayi and her brother
Ajayi was taking her brother to school around 7am when the incident happened.
Punch learnt that the incident caused a traffic jam in the area as sympathisers placed the corpse by the roadside.
A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the trailer had first crushed a Tata bus before running into the tricycle.
He said, “The problem we have here is that the road slopes from Abule
Egba to Ekoro Road. Around 7.15am, the trailer was coming from Abule
Egba; it was supposed to turn towards Ile Epo, en route to Oshodi.
However, when the vehicle’s brakes failed, the driver lost control and
the trailer continued its downward journey. First, the trailer crushed a
Tata bus and pushed it into a gutter. At this point, everybody started
scurrying to safety. The passengers in the tricycle, where the lady was,
also jumped out.
The lady had sat by the entrance, while the boy sat on her laps. The
place where she sat was on the trailer’s path. She quickly pushed her
brother to the other side. As she moved to follow him, the trailer
Punch gathered that the suspect attempted to flee the scene, but was
nabbed by a mob which assaulted him before handing him over to the
A family friend of the victim, who lamented the death, said she had just
finished her Ordinary National Diploma and just started her Higher
National Diploma when tragedy struck.
“She was the first child of a family of six. Her father is distraught at the moment. Her mother is also devastated,” he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
She said the driver was in police custody while investigation had started into the crash.
“We have deposited the corpse in a morgue for autopsy,” Badmos added.