Akinmorin community in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State, was thrown into mourning on New Year’s Day as a young man deliberately rammed into a group of friends with his car, knocking down over 10 people.
Newspeakonline gathered that five people were killed while four others were in critical conditions.
According to an eyewitness, the victims were among the people holding a New Year open party at Baba Ode area of the community when the motorist drove to the area on top speed. He was said to be a friend to many of them as he visited the place often to recreate.
It was learnt that some of the partying friends, who were shocked at his speed, confronted him for driving at such speed, knowing fully well that it was a night that residents were returning from church and mosques after the crossover service. The confrontation was said to have degenerated into an argument which infuriated the drunk young man.
“After intervention of some elders around, the young man entered his car reluctantly. Still angry at the confrontation, he vowed to spill blood. Then he started the car and and zoomed into the dancing friends, knocking down over 10 people,” the eyewitness said.
Three of his friends who were in the car at the time were said to have been arrested while his own whereabout is unknown.
Oyo State Poloce Command spokesperson, SP Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed incident, said investigation has commenced into the matter, adding that updates would be provided accordingly.