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Protest rocks Edo village as driver kills 4 sisters

Commotion broke out at Uselu Community along the Benin-Lagos highway on Saturday as a driver in a BMW car killed four sisters who were on their way to New Benin Market.

The unfortunate incident later degenerated Into protest by the angry youths in the community.

It was learnt that the driver of the BMW car and his wife were trapped inside the car, which plunged into an open drainage along the road.

The Identity of the driver could not be ascertained as at the rescue time.

Youths of Uselu Community took to the street in protest and blocked the busy highway.
The road that leads to the University of Benin where the closing ceremony of the 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culure is scheduled to take place was blocked.

Many persons going for the NAFEST closing ceremony had to take alternative routes.

Eyewitness said one of the deceased was a pregnant woman.

It was also gathered that operatives of police later came and rescued the trapped driver and his wife.

Another eyewitness, John Steven, said four people among the protesters were shot and taken away by the police.

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He said “This accident happened this morning around after 6 opposite Uselu park involving four females, a man and a woman.

“One of the bodies was inside the gutter. Others were across the road. It was a BMW car. Police came and rescued the man and his wife who was injured.

“The police took the dead bodies away. They came back and told us they want to take over situation. The police suddenly started shooting. The reason we blocked the road was because the police took our person they shot away.”

One of the youth leaders, Evans Uselu blamed the government for the incident. He said the state government must cover the drains which caused the accident.

“This morning, four big girls were killed. They were waiting for bus when the car came and hit them. They wanted to jump but because of the sand and side drains.”

Edo Police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident said the accident was unfortunate, saying policemen had been dispatched to the community to restore peace.

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