Tragedy struck in the ancient city of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State as a truck crushed six students of Federal College of Education, Osiele Abeokuta to death.
Narrating the incident to Leadership Weekend, an eyewitness said the ill-fated truck, loaded with granite, rammed into a taxi conveying the students from their institution to the town.
The affected students were said to have died on the spot, a development which enraged their colleagues who poured into the streets and barricaded the Abeokuta-Odeda-Ibadan road with bonfires.
The violent protest by students of the institution later resulted into the protesting students setting ablaze four trucks.
The protest led to a traffic gridlock on the highway as motorists and commuters could not proceed to their respective destinations for more than one hour.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr MuyiwaAdejobi, said some miscreants hijacked the students’ protest.
Adejobi, who stated that only two students have been confirmed dead at press time, said there was conflicting reports on the number of victims involved in the accident.
He said the police had to disperse the protesters when their protest was spiralling out of control.
Adejobi added that the Police Commissioner, IkemefunaOkoye, attempted to calm the protesters who, however, defied all entreaties.