Hit-and-run driver kills retired ASP in Kugbo

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A 64-year-old retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. Bali Rimpyen, was on Sunday evening run over by a motorist in Kugbo, on the ever-busy AbujaKeffi expressway as he was waiting for a lull in traffic to cross over to the opposite side of the road.
The incident is coming barely a week after Blueprint reported the dearth of infrastructure in Kugbo, especially lack of a pedestrian bridge for residents of Kugbo community.
Recounting the incident to Blueprint, the son of the deceased, Nansoh Bali, said his father was returning home from duty in a private security outfit when he was run over by a speeding motorist.
He said: “My father was from Langtang North LGA in Plateau state and retired as an ASP in Bauchi state in 2008 before joining Strikeforce Security Company in Asokoro.
I was even planning to come and see him with my wife today (Monday) from Masaka.
But I got a call from my friends in Kugbo around 9pm that my father was killed by a driver who didn’t stop.
“His corpse was still by the roadside when I came and the police came around 10pm and took his mangled remains to Asokoro mortuary.
I have often warned him to be careful because the drivers on the road are always speeding.
However, from what I learnt, he was returning home from duty and was standing by the road when the car knocked him down.” When our correspondent visited the Nigerian Police Force, Karu Division, the DPO, Chris Amanyi, was not in seat and the officers on duty were not willing to comment on the incident.
However, an officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the police were already investigating the matter, but that they were even tired of the situation as people get knocked over by speeding motorist every other week.
“I don’t know if those in government are using the blood of Kugbo people for rituals, because a trailer killed about 57 people there just last year, yet government doesn’t want to provide a pedestrian bridge for the residents,” he said.


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