By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—A Police Sergeant, Rafiu Olaoye, serving with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ogun State Command was feared dead yesterday, while four of his colleagues were injured in an auto crash.
The accident involved the Honda Sport Utility Vehicle they were travelling in and a truck at Showo village, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s Estate site, along Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway.
Vanguard gathered that there was a female officer among those injured.
An eyewitness said the accident occurred when the policemen were travelling onward Abeokuta from Sagamu end, while the truck was making an illegal U-turn, in a bid to crossover to the other lane, heading back to Sagamu.
The Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the incident, said it was in the process that the Honda CRV with number plates LSD 191 ET, rammed into the truck from the rear, killing the driver instantly and injuring four others.
He said: “The Honda CRV had five occupants, all SARS operatives: four males and one female. Unfortunately, the driver of the Honda CRV died.
“The truck was trying to make an illegal U-turn back to Sagamu without indication before the Honda car rammed into it from behind.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, equally confirmed the incident.
He said they were returning from Sagamu where they had gone to attend a court proceeding, when the accident occurred.
He gave the name of the deceased officer as Sergeant Rafiu Olaoye.
He said: “The SARS operatives were returning from Sagamu to their base in Abeokuta, when the incident occurred. They had gone to attend a court proceeding in Sagamu.”