A driver crushed Jeffrey Omoregie to death on the Uselu-Lagos Expressway in the Egor Local Government Area of the state, leaving his family and friends in despair. Omoregie was a petroleum engineering graduate of the University of Benin, Edo State.
PUNCH According to Metro, Jeffrey was heading to a Union Bank location to wait for his mother, who needed to withdraw money from her bank account.
Our correspondents found out that the mother was going to send him some cash once he finished his master’s program in Canada.
When the 26-year-old reached Uselu Junction, he tried to cross the expressway to get to the bank when the unidentified driver, who was traveling at top speed in a Lexus with the license plate YAB 985 CL, rammed into him.
Fortune, Jeffrey’s mother, explained to one of our reporters on Thursday that she saw people swarming around an accident victim when she was traveling to visit her son.
She stated: “I got down and started telling people to let us help the victim. But on moving closer, I realised it was my son lying down in a pool of blood. I started crying and shouting that people should help me. He was still breathing and people helped me carry him inside a vehicle.
“We quickly rushed him to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, where we were told that he had died. He was to travel out of the country on August 28 and I was going to the bank to give him money for the travel.
“The youth that assisted me said the boy that killed my son is a Yahoo boy (Internet fraudster) and that his vehicle came from nowhere to knock my son down. If you see the damage on the car, you will think that the vehicle rammed into a truck. I want justice.”
Aisosa, the younger brother of the deceased, said that the police had been concealing the identify of the suspect.
He stated: “On Tuesday, around 3pm, I got a call from my mum and heard her saying help me, help me before the call disconnected. She called back and said I should be coming to the UBTH because my brother had an accident.
“I was on my way to the hospital when she called and said my brother had died. How the accident happened was that he crossed the Uselu-Lagos Expressway towards the barricade that separated the two lanes for vehicles coming and going.
“He was at the median and was about to cross to the other side of the road when the vehicle crushed him against the barricade. His legs and hands were broken; the accident was so bad that his head had a collision with the windscreen of the car that knocked him against the barricade and also to the other side of the road.
“Policemen from the BDPA division arrested the suspect that same Tuesday. But when my mum and I went to the police station and demanded to see the person responsible for my brother’s death, the Investigating Police Officer told us the suspect had been transferred to the Area Command on Sapele Road.
“When we got there, we only saw the car and they still didn’t show us the suspect or tell us his name. They are just hiding his identity and we need to know his identity because we want justice.”
Samuel Ebosele, a friend of Jeffrey’s, claimed that the IPO had been attempting to weaken the case and that some police officers had been contacting the family to reach a settlement.
The case had been forwarded by the Divisional Police Officer to the State Traffic Division, Adesua, where more investigation would be conducted, according to SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the state police public relations officer.
“I have been in touch with the DPO of Ugbowo, who confirmed that the case had been transferred to the State Traffic Division where further investigation will carried out,” he added.