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Bus kills 14 in Nigeria after robbers forced them to lie on road

The passengers, who had been ordered off another vehicle, were run over by the bus which then drove off.

Buses fill up with fuel in Lagos
Buses fill up with fuel in Lagos
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A BUS DRIVER ran over and killed 14 travelers who had been ordered by robbers to lie in the middle of a highway after their bus was robbed on its way to Nigeria’s capital, police said Wednesday.

Robbers stopped an overnight bus early Tuesday and made passengers disembark and lie down on the busy highway that connects the commercial hub of Lagos to the capital of Abuja, said Kogi state police spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi. Another bus then ran over them and drove off.

“Even if he was running away from that area for safety, the driver should at least have gone to a nearby police station to report what happened,” Okasanmi said. “As a human being, he should have alerted someone.”

Rescuers found 14 bodies at the scene of the accident. Another man was wounded after the bus ran over his legs. He told police that his wife and son were among the dead. More than 30 other people are missing, but authorities say that they could have continued with their journeys.

Federal Road Safety Corps Sector Commander Sunday Maku said there were also reports that a truck ran over the victims after the bus, but police have not been able to confirm those reports. More than 50 passengers boarded the bus in Lagos Monday evening to go to Abuja.

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