The Oyo State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a water tanker driver, Taofeek Oyeweso, who has gone into hiding after he allegedly crushed an engineer, Afees Tijani, while on the way to deliver water to a company in the state.
Punch Metro gathered that Tijani was riding his power bike to Ibadan when Oyeweso, who was driving against the traffic, rammed him less than a kilometre to the Sat Guru Maharajji camp end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
According to eyewitnesses, Oyeweso refused to wait after the crash, but while trying to escape, the tanker, with number plate BDJ 01 YC, ran into a ditch and got stuck.
Tijani’s friend, Jeremiah Osho, who witnessed the accident, said Oyeweso abandoned the tanker and absconded, adding that the unconscious engineer was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he was placed on life support machine.
Osho stated, “I was driving from Abeokuta to Ibadan but met Tijani at Saapade , he was riding his power bike to Ibadan when I saw him. So, we stopped at the bridge and greeted, and later embarked on our journeys. After about 15 minutes’ drive, I saw that the vehicle moving ahead of us suddenly swerved to the left when Tijani wanted to overtake it, so he swerved to the right, but in the process, one of the three water tankers driving against the traffic ran into him.
“I quickly reversed and got out of my car to rescue my friend but he was almost dead when I found him by the roadside. His left leg was shattered and he was having seizures, so, I removed his helmet and shirt and started fanning to sustain him. I called the Sector Commander, FRSC, and she sent a rescue team; a passer-by also helped in informing the police officers at the Ibadan tollgate.
“We traced the water tanker that hit him to a company it went to deliver water to, but when we got there, we were told that Oyeweso drove out immediately he delivered the water. We followed the direction he took and found the truck stuck in a ditch, but the driver was nowhere to be found.”
Tijani’s elder brother, Ishaq, said doctors had been battling to save the life of the father of three, adding that his left leg had been amputated.
When contacted, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi, said a manhunt had been launched for Oyeweso.
Fadeyi stated, “Concerted efforts are being made to arrest the driver, who has gone into hiding. But the owner of the tanker is working with the police to make sure that the driver is arrested.
“He drove against the traffic and the victim was knocked down; the police have been going to the UCH to check on the victim, whose leg was amputated due to the injury he sustained. We are still looking for Oyeweso and we will soon get him.”