Officers of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a bus driver and his conductor for allegedly abducting eight pupils of Oyes Faithful College, Ifo.
The suspects, Akorede Ogunjobi (driver) and Kazeem Adelere (conductor) were said to have been attacked and almost lynched by an angry mob.
But for the prompt intervention of policemen from the state command, who took them into custody, the suspects would have been victims of jungle justice.
The Punch gathered that 10 pupils of the school had on Tuesday joined the commercial bus marked, AKD-948-XJ Lagos, at the Techno bus stop after leaving the school.
It was gathered that two unidentified men sat beside the driver, while the conductor manned the bus entrance.
After allowing two of the pupils to drop at their designated bus stop, the driver was alleged to have feigned ignorance while the other pupil indicated that they wanted to alight at their bus stop.
The driver, it was learnt, shunned their calls and continued speeding on the expressway, while the conductor was said to have stood at the bus entrance to prevent the pupils from escaping.
Apparently aware that they are now victims of abduction, one of the pupils in Senior Secondary School 1, Akorede Aliu, 13, jumped off the bus while on motion.
Some minutes later, another male Junior Secondary School 1 pupil, Ajibose Fawasi, 11, was said to have also leaped out of the bus, leaving behind six female pupils.
It was at this moment another vehicle blocked the commercial vehicle’s path and forced it to a halt.
A lawyer, Isaac Durowoju, who drew the attention of the police to the scene, as jungle justice was about to be meted out on the suspects, added that the injured pupils had been taken to the hospital.
He said, “After two of the pupils alighted at Iya Abiodun bus stop, other pupils observed that the driver took to the fast lane and started speeding.
“When they told the driver and the conductor where they would alight, the two men laughed at them. While on motion, two boys jumped out at different intervals, but the driver refused to stop. This was what aroused the curiosity of a motorist, who blocked him three bus stops from where he should have stopped.”
Meanwhile, the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Ilayasu, had ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran.