Three students of the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo in Ondo State on Monday night survived a ghastly road accident, sparking off a riot by other students, Sahara Reporters has learnt.
The students were returning to their off-campus hostel after a lecture on the campus when the accident occurred.
Witnesses told SaharaReporters that the accident occurred at the popular Catholic Church junction on Ore road.
One of the witnesses, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that the ghastly accident was caused by a reckless driver who was later identified as a clergyman.
He said the reckless driver crashed into the victims (students) off the road after losing control at the wheels of his car while trying to avoid a commercial motorcycle. The witness further stated that there was no fatality as of the time of the incident but that the victims received serious injuries.
“Many students who were angered by the incident protested against the attitude of the driver and made bonfire on the road on Monday night.
“When day broke, we blocked the adjourning routes to the main road when rumors filtered into the campus that the injured students [had] died.
He said the protesting students were angry that the reckless driver, rather than wait to attend to the dying students, chose to run away, and that the commercial motorcyclists plying the campus road refused to help them.
“It was later we heard that the driver ran to a police station nearby for cover as students chased after him,” he said.
A police source at the Yaba Divisional Police Station in Ondo town confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters in a telephone chat on Tuesday.
The policeman who preferred to be anonymous said the driver of the vehicle drove down to report the incident at the station and was immediately detained.
“The driver came to the station and reported that some students of Adeyemi College were after his life due to a motor accident on the road to their campus,” he said, adding that the students then arrived, protesting.
“But, when their attitude was becoming unruly we quickly took immediate action by shooting into the air to scare them away from the station,” he said.
He added that the school management through the Dean of Students Affairs has taken over the case
Sahara Reporters’ effort to get the reaction of the President of the Students Union Government of the school proved abortive as he did not answer his phone.
Our correspondent learned that the injured students are being treated at the Gani Fawenhimi Diagnosis Centre, also known as Trauma Centre, in Ondo town.
“We now calling on the students to donate blood to the victims (students) who are currently lying on the sick bed at the Trauma Centre in Ondo.”