Dr. Stella Okotie, a University of Benin, UNIBEN, lecturer in the department of education died on Tuesday evening following an accident that happened along the Benin-Lagos expressway, close to the university’s main gate.
Reports say that another person was killed in the accident while a third victim sustained injuries.
According to witnesses, a commercial bus driver was running away from some police officers who had earlier flagged his vehicle down, demanding N100 bribe.
One of the officers was said to have jumped into the moving bus and engaged in a physical struggle with the bus driver, dragging the steering wheel.
The late UNIBEN staff was reportedly standing at the walkway alongside her husband, Dr. Williams Okotie, also a staff of UNIBEN, and her son when the bus hit her and a stationery UNIBEN water supply van.
“The police officers were pursuing a commercial bus in quest for money leading to a physical struggle between one of the officers and driver of the vehicle,” it was reported.
“While the police was struggling the steering wheel with the driver, the bus rammed into Dr. Okotie who was standing on the walkway just by the side of her vehicle killing her on the spot.”
Following the incident, the police officers fled the scene leaving behind one of their colleague who was beaten by an angry mob.
A statement issued by Comr. Goodluck Eghosa Osemwenkhae, Director of Information, Media and Publicity a protest organised by students of the school would cover the police headquarters and the Edo state government house.