Paul Osuyi, Asaba
A motorcycle operator (Okada rider) whose identity is yet to be ascertained was on Tuesday allegedly smashed by an articulated truck on the Asaba axis of the Benin-Onitsha expressway.
The deceased was allegedly being chased by taskforce officials of the Delta State Ministry of Transport for violating the law prohibiting motorcycles and tricycles from plying the expressway when he met his untimely death.
According to eye witness account, the deceased was given a hot chase by the officials, adding that trying to avoid being arrested.
“Unfortunately, he was smashed by a hit-and-run and got stocked under a moving tanker.

“The tanker driver mistakenly killed him and escaped from being lynched only to report himself at the ‘B’ Divisional police station along the expressway

“An angry mob later took the tanker’s registration number: FGG 42 0YQ to the station, together with its contents

“Although, the tanker driver tried all he could, to avoid any contact with the Okada man, but ended up smashing him,” a source said.

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It was gathered that the taskforce officials disappeared into the thin air immediately the victim died.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya could not be reached as her phone was switched off as of the time of filling this report.

However, a source at the Ministry of Transport who confirmed the accident, could not ascertain if the taskforce officials were from the Ministry.