Tennis coach killed by hit and run driver at Auchi

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AUCHI – A middleaged man was on Friday crushed to death by a hit and run driver near the main gate of the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, in the Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo.

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The deceased, simply identified as the Chief Coach of the Esan Recreation Club in Ekpoma, Edo, was crushed to death on Friday at about 3.30 p.m. while on a motorcycle, on his way to the motor park.

The incident was said to have angered the youths, who took to the streets and set ablaze a trailer loaded with cement.

Officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) later arrived at the scene and dispersed them with teargas.

Mr Musa Ikpea, the Captain of Afenmai Recreation Club, Auchi, who was at the scene, identified the deceased as the Coach of the Ekpoma branch of the club.

Ikpea said the deceased was in Auchi to train lawn tennis players and that he was on his way to the park on motorcycle and was crushed by the trailer driver, who later ran away.

“The coach came to Auchi to train some lawn tennis players at the SETRACO Club, Auchi.

“I got a call that the man had been hit by a trailer, and on getting there, I met his dead body,’’ he said.

Some FRSC officials were directed to deposit the body of the deceased in a public mortuary at Auchi, while they also made attempts to contact his family. (NAN)

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