The timely intervention of men of the Nigeria Police Force saved the day for a driver of an Oyo State-owned mass transit bus, Ajumose, who killed a secondary school pupil near Alaafia Hospital, Mokola area of Ibadan yesterday.
Many pupils were said to have been injured in the accident.
But before the arrival of policemen, the driver, a middle-aged man, had been mobbed and injured while his bus had been damaged.
The windscreen and side mirror of the bus was smashed in the process.
An eyewitness, Isaac Ajibade, told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the mob damaged the bus, adding that they apprehended the driver.
He said: “The traffic was light. Pupils were going home. Suddenly, the bus appeared and hit them, killing a secondary school girl. Passengers alighted, but the mob apprehended the driver. He was beaten up before the police rescued him.”
Command spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the accident, said the driver was recovering at Police Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan.
He said: “The driver is in our custody. He has been taken to Police Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan.
“The body of the pupil has been deposited at Alafia Hospital morgue. Investigation has begun.”