Edah Oghenekevwe Richard, a Mechanical Engineering student of University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday lost his life last night after being allegedly knocked down by a Police van driving one-way.
Richard, whose birthday was yesterday, was on his way back from Church and was standing along Assemblies of God Church junction in Alakahia, PH, when the sad event took place. He was allegedly hit by a Police Van with registration number NPF 1791D driven by one Inspector John Kanu.
A source privy of the incident revealed that: “The police van after hitting the boy, tried to drive off but were stopped by onlookers at the junction and eyewitnesses who demanded that the victim be taken to the hospital.
The police agreed and took him to the University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), but on reaching there, they allegedly told the attending nurses that they just picked him while they were driving along NNPC Filling station at Rumuosi and they weren’t aware of what had happened to him.
It was one of the nurses in the hospital that took down the details of one of the policemen involved. When called by the family members of the boy, the policeman denied it in it’s entirety. The police, up till now, are still denying the incident despite the fact that several onlookers and eyewitnesses were at the scene of the accident.