The University of Benin lecturer was murdered while others was seriously injured when a taxi driver, reportedly trying to escape police extortion, rammed into them.

Dr. Stella Okotie who was unlucky to be murdered on Tuesday, July 21, as a result of the accident that occurred in Benin City at about 6:30pm along the ever-busy Benin-Lagos expressway, close to the UNIBEN main gate.

She was a lecturer at the UNIBEN faculty of Education.

There are uncurtained reports that another person was murdered in the accident while some sustained injuries.

The source claim the taxi driver was running away from the police officers who had previously flagged his vehicle down, demanding N100 bribe.

The late UNIBEN staff was allegedly standing at the walkway alongside her husband, Dr. Williams Okotie, also a staff of UNIBEN, and her son when the bus nocked her down and a stationery UNIBEN water supply van.

“The police officers were pursuing a commercial bus in quest for money leading to a physical struggle between one of the officers and driver of the vehicle,” an eyewitness told CAMPUS GIST.

“While the police was struggling the steering wheel with the driver, the bus ram into Dr. Okotie who was standing on the walkway just by the side of her vehicle killing her on the spot.”

Sequence the incident, the police officers ran away from the scene leaving behind one of their colleague who was beaten by an angry people.

Consequently, residents and passers by barricaded the ever-busy New Lagos road right in front of the UNIBEN Ugbowo main gate, causing heavy traffic gridlock for hours.

The UNIBEN medical students are embarking on a solidarity protest on Wednesday, July 22, over the killing of Dr. Stella Okotie, the mother of their former colleague.

A statement issued by Comr. Goodluck Eghosa Osemwenkhae, Director of Information, Media and Publicity, on behalf of the union, said the protest would cover the police headquarters and the Edo state government house.

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