The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, has debunked media report of an accident allegedly claiming one life following a chase by its officers.
We earlier reported that a Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Hilux van on Friday crashed while pursuing a presumed road traffic offender in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital but the full of the incident was not given as investigation was still ongoing.
Speaking with NAN correspondent on Saturday in Ibadan, Mr Seun Onijala, Oyo State FRSC Corps Education Officer, said the accident involved six persons and three persons were injured while the remaining three persons were unhurt.
“Nobody died in the accident and I am telling you the true picture of what happened.
“ The officials asked the Micra car to stop and the driver refused to do so and decided to turn the wheel of the car to the officials at the right and left side of the road with the aim of knocking them down.
“The FRSC officials were able to move away to the other side of road and the driver of the Micra car moved on and the patrol team van gave the Micra car a chase.
“ In the process of the chase, a trailer was coming on the one way of the road and the option for the Micra car and the FRSC Van was either to both have an head-on–collision with the trailer or fell into the wide hole by the road side,’’ Onijala said.
He said that both the Micra car and the patrol team van plunged into the wide hole by the road side and three persons were injured and the remaining three were unhurt but nobody died in the accident.
Onijala said the command had always warned its officers not to chase any vehicle that committed an offence but to leave them and get their plate number to apprehend and punish them later.
See photos from the accident scene below.