…KASTELEA Marshals “linked” to accident.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
No fewer than four persons, including a newly-wedded lady were killed in a tragic motor accident at Kaduna Refinery Junction, along Kachia Road in Kaduna state.
Though, the remote causes of the accident is yet to be ascertained, eyewitness accounts have, however, linked the incident to Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) Marshals.
Investigation revealed that the uniform staffs of the KASTELEA, accused of being responsible for the accident, which occurred Wednesday morning, were widely attacked and chased away by irate youths in the area.
An eyewitness, Audu Madaki and three others, who spoke to our correspondent, said a Tipper loaded with sand ran into a motorcycle and tricycle waiting for traffic light and killed 3 passengers and riders instantly, while the fourth person died, while in hospital.
According to the sources, suspected to have been responsible for the accident, KASTELEA Marshal manning road before the refinery traffic junction were immediately allegedly attacked by eyewitness youths.
In the process of the attack, some innocent KASTELEA staffs were allegedly beaten mercilessly, while others took to their heels, as the attacks escalated to Sabon Tasha Market area of the state, about 30meters away from the accident scene.
Contacted, the Kaduna state police command spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, could not respond. However, KASTELEA denied staff of being responsible for the cause of the accident when contacted.
A statement from public relations officer of KASTELEA, Mrs Joy …, explained that their men were wrongly attacked for alleged responsibility for the accident.
Mrs Joy stated that “It was an unfortunate incident that would have been avoided; but it was certainly not caused by KASTLEA.
“Our marshals have a working point way before the traffic light at NNPC Junction. The tipper went pass our marshals and ran over a tricycle and motorcycle waiting for the traffic light to turn to green.
“The question journalists should try and find out is why didn’t the tipper stop before the traffic? Why did the tipper have to run into the traffic in front of him and even after that, he didn’t stop until he has passed the traffic light?
“Was his brake functional at all? If it’s true KASTLEA were chasing the tipper, how come no mention of KASTLEA vehicle was made throughout the rumours being circulated except for the ambulance that came after the incident to rescue victims?
“If KASTLEA stopped a vehicle, why won’t the vehicle stop? Have you gone there to get eye witness account?,” she stated.
According to Joy, the attack on their staff was as a result of the misinformation that the incident was caused by KASTLEA.