It was a bloody Thursday afternoon in Sango, a border town in-between Ogun and Lagos States when a Nissan Xterra jeep with Lagos State registration number AAA434AH skidded over the culvert demarcating the Sango-Ijoko express road at full speed and rammed into a multitude of beggars who daily gather on the culvert, seeking for alms from passersby.
Two of the beggars were feared dead while many got injured.
An eyewitness told Nigerian Tribune that the Nissan was coming from the Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road and made a detour into the Sango-Ijoko Express Road before losing control and ramming into the beggars sitting on the culvert demarcating the express road.
About six of the beggars, including little children were rushed to a nearby hospital but it was gathered that two later gave up the ghost.
Eye witness report also has it that the driver of the vehicle, a young man in his 30s, lost control of the vehicle due to mechanical fault that has to do with the vehicles power steering. In the words of an onlooker, Pius Omiran, the use of the culvert by the beggars exposes them to any danger that is imminent on the highway.
“The culvert is located in a very busy place, the Sango bus stop and any onrushing vehicle that loses control will prefer to ram into the culvert instead of ramming into shops that adjoin the express road on both sides. So the beggars are exposed to danger and the earlier the local government authority chases them away from that spot, the better for the community.”