A fifth prosecution witness testified in the ongoing coroner�s inquest to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the accident that occurred on August 15, 2010 along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway which left over 30 people dead.
The witness, Alfa Saka, a commercial driver said the police checkpoint at the scene of the incident caused the fatal accident.
Alfa Saka who said he lost one of his seven passengers maintained despite cross examination, that if the checkpoint had not been on the expressway, the Dangote sugar company trailer would not have rammed into the stationary vehicles causing an explosion which left several cars and people burnt.
The witness dismissed claims by the police counsel that the various parishioners of the popular churches along the expressway parked on the road. Saka insisted that the road safety officials were always available to ensure order.
Alfa Saka who had picked seven passengers from Ijora-7UP, Lagos enroute Ilorin in Kwara state said the he was shocked that the police mounted a roadblock right along the expressway but alleged he immediately brought out forty naira which he intended to handover to the police as soon as it was his turn.
Saka said he was about six vehicles away when he heard the explosion and saw the fire which broke out as a result of the impact of the Dangote trailer on the cars behind him.