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Another vehicle crushes girl in mother’s shop in Lagos

Five days after an 11-year-old girl was
crushed to death when an out-of-control vehicle ran into her mother’s
shop at Badore along the LASU-Iyana Iba Road in Lagos (HERE), another girl, a
four-year-old child, has been killed in a similar fashion at Oke-Ira,
Ogba area of Lagos on Wednesday.

Around 2pm that day, the bus, which was overloaded with pupils from the Oke-Ira
Primary School lost control and ran into a shop at Irepodun Street,
Oke-Ira where the child was sitting, killing her immediately.
The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“It was so sudden. The bus itself was
very bad and on top of that, it was loaded with pupils again. When the
brake failed and we saw the bus coming this way, we all jumped out of
its way. It was after it made impact that we remembered that the girl
was inside the shop,” a trader in a shop beside the one where the girl
was killed, told Punch newspaper.
The mother of the girl, whom the other
traders identified as Mama Rotimi, reportedly went into shock when she
learnt of her daughter’s gruesome death. She is said to be receiving
treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
The driver of the vehicle with
registration number XH 626 EKY was detained at the Oke Ira police post
and later transferred to the Area G Police Command, Ogba.
Meanwhile, when our correspondent
visited the family of 11-year-old Mariam Anifowose, who was killed at
Badore on December 4, the family explained that as tragic as the death
of their girl was, they have accepted it as destiny.
27-year-old Jennifer Gilbert who drove
the Toyota Highlander SUV that killed the girl, told the police that she
was trying to avoid a trailer driving roughly when she lost control.
The vehicle crossed from one side of the
road, through a median and ran into the shop where the girl was sitting
with her mother’s merchandise.
The victim’s father, Mr. Ganiyu Anifowose, said he had no intention of holding the woman liable for the death of his daughter.
“I have no reason to pursue a case against her because I believe it was not intentional. It was an accident,”
Anifowose, a commercial bus driver,
explained that his daughter chose to stay behind and help her mother at
the shop where she sells dry fish but lost her life instead.
“If my wife was in the shop at the time,
who knows what could have happened to her too? I had malaria that day
and my wife was with me at the time, trying to get me some drugs while
my daughter decided to help her mother out in her absence. It has been
really painful because Mariam was very precious to me. We had so much in
common. Her death was shocking to me and my wife,” he said.
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