The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has been thrown into mourning, following the tragedy that occurred on Monday night at the main gate of the institution when a taxi driver fleeing police arrest allegedly crushed a lecturer in the institution to death.
The accident happened when some policemen attached to the Nigeria police, Ugbowo Division pursued and struggled the wheel mounted by the Suzuki taxi driver identified as Mr. Adisa Anuk who rammed into the family and crushed Dr Stella Okotie to death.
The deceased, who was a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, was standing with her husband, Dr Williams Okotie, also a Staff of the institution and their son, Ochuko were waiting to board a vehicle to undisclosed destination when the tragedy occurred.
The husband of the decease was seriously injured in the accident, which resulted to a bloody clash between angry youths in the area and the policemen led by one Inspector Uwagboe who was beaten to a pulp, according to sources.
The body of the late lecturer had been taken to the morgue at the University of Teaching Hospital (UBTH) in Benin City.
The Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor who confirmed the incident, did not give give details of where the victims work and their occupation.
He explained that incident happened during a stop and search by the police patrol team, Ugbowo Division.
He admitted that one Inspector Uwagboe, leader of the police patrol team he identified as Inspector Uwagboe, was beaten mercilessly by miscreants.
Nwabuzor, stated that the driver of the Suzuki car who hit the woman is in police custody while investigation continues.
According to him, “Miscreants who cash-in on the melee, beat the hell out of the leader of the police. He was beaten mercilessly”.
He also warned drivers to be cautious whenever they are on the wheel and to obey traffic laws and regulations.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr (Mrs) Benedicta Ehanire is yet to respond to the inquiry on the incident by our Correspondent 24 hours ago.