Reportedly, no fewer than 20 people were crushed after a trailer loaded with agricultural products overran tricycles popularly-known as Keke Napep, Tuesday, at the Vinikling Bridge (Hayin Gada) in Yola, Adamawa.
The residents told Latest Nigeria News that the incident was caused by police officers who were chasing the truck driver for refusing to give them money.
A resident of Viniklang, Malam Umar Shehu, who also sent photos of the incident to Latestalert journalist, said he was involved in the evacuation of the bodies in Yola hospital.
According to him, the explanation given by the police was that they were chasing the truck driver for the transport of goods suspected of being foreign rice, a situation that led to the unfortunate accident which caused the death of many.
“But, there was no foreign rice in the truck, it was farm produce. The driver said they were chasing him for refusing to give them money at a checkpoint the police mounted,” Umar said.
One of the passengers, a student at the Modibo Adama University, who identified himself as Salisu Ibrahim said narrowly escaped death by whiskers.
“I did not know what happened, but we suddenly saw the truck coming with speed and police van was pursuing it. All of us in our Keke Napep jumped out and fled, the driver lost control and the truck began to hit other Keke Napep and crushing people before our very own eyes. It was horrific,” Ibrahim said.
Latestalert, however, made several attempts to get Othman Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa to speak but his phone was switched off at the time of this report.