Three ladies between the ages of 25 and 30 years died Thursday afternoon after the hummer bus in which they were travelling was knocked off the Lagos-Benin highway by an operational vehicle driven by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The commuter bus with registration number EDO AKA 35 LG carrying second hand clothes also known as okirika, somersaulted during a hot chase by Customs officials from the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja from one of their checkpoints in Ijebu Ode.
The driver of the bus allegedly refused to stop when flagged down at their checkpoint which resulted in the tragic chase.
According to the driver who was in severe pains, having lost one of his legs in the accident, when the Customs pick up van could not overtake him, it hit his bus at the rear which caused the vehicle to summersault several times into the bush at a place indigenes called J3.
On sensing that the bus had crashed into the bush, the Customs officials beat a hasty retreat to avoid being attacked by members of the public that immediately rushed to the scene of the accident.
Three women in the bus died on the spot and the other injured victims were brought out of the bus and were writhing in pains.
There was no policeman or road safety official on hand to assist them.
Until the time our correspondent, who was on his way to Port Harcourt, left the accident scene, the corpses of the three women and the victims were still lying there.
Some of the sympathisers at the scene lamented that some time ago; road safety officials had equally chased some passengers to their death in the same area.
They called on appropriate authorities to check the excesses of law enforcement officials on the road.
It will be recalled that just 3 days ago, At least two people were killed in a bloody clash between men of the Nigerian Customs service attached to Federal Operation Unit, FOU, and rice smugglers in Sango Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.