P.M. News (Lagos)

23 May 2002

Nigeria: Robbers Attack Luxury Bus

Lagos — A five-man armed gang yesterday attacked a luxury bus returning from Owerri at Cele Bus Stop, along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, killing the driver and the conductor. The incident happened at about 4 a.m.

The robbers could not, however, steal anything from the passengers as the bus caught fire after falling on its side due to the death of the driver.

Eye witnesses told P.M.News that the passenger bus belonging to Oha Transport Company was trailed by the five robbers, riding in a Mercedez Benz, from Ojota to Cele Bus Stop where they opened fire on the driver and the conductor, killing them instantly.

It was gathered that the bus stopped over at Ojota in order to drop some passengers and was on its way to Maza-Maza, its destination point when the robbers struck. P.M.News investigations at the scene of the robbery incident revealed that the luxury bus was riddled with bullets. Some of the passengers were said to have suffered burns and taken to different hospitals in the area.

One of the survivors who did not disclose his name said the robbers made a U-turn on the road immediately the bus fell on its side and escaped.

Officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Bus Service (LASAMBUS) were sighted at the scene of the incident while traffic officials from LASTMA were seen trying to remove the vehicle from the road.

The incident caused a heavy traffic build-up on the ever busy Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

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