Ebonyi state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jude Madu, had confirmed the accident on saturday, adding that investigations into it had begun.
He also said that the deceased had been identified and more information on the accident will be released next week.
His words: “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area where the accident occurred will give us more details on Monday to assist us in the investigations.
“We assure the public that we will get to the root of the matter and ensure that such does not recur.”
The accident occurred at about 6 p.m
on Friday, at NEPA junction area of Old Abakaliki-Enugu road. As reported by an eye witness by name, Paul Okofia.
Quoting his words:
“The skater aged about 25, held
the edge of an articulated vehicle which was on top speed as has been the practice among skaters who have besieged the town recently.
“His hands apparently slipped from the vehicle which made him to fall instantly and was tragically crushed by the rear tyre of the speeding articulated vehicle,’’ he said.
He also added that the incident brought about chaos in the area and interrupted the flow of traffic for many hours along the busy road.
“Women, especially, wailed on beholding the mangled body of the young skater as those who claimed to know him said that he had been warned repeatedly by his parents to desist from practicing the sport on express roads.
“A mob gathered to set the articulated vehicle aflame but the police quickly intervened and brought the situation under control.
“The corpse was eventually evacuated to a mortuary in the town as security agencies restored normal flow of traffic along the road,’’ he said.
A youth activist by name, Mrs. Eugenia Umeh, urges the government to find a means to prevent youths from skating on high way.
“The State House of Assembly should immediately pass a law prohibiting such practices while parents and other stakeholders should enlighten youths on the dangers of skating on the roads.
“The deceased has brought untold anguish and pains to his parents and relations as this should serve as a lesson to others to desist from such