The victims were among 40 Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Guide members of Assembly of God Church, who were training early in the morning of that ill-fated day, when they were run over by a car on Bokkos – Barkin Ladi road.
Mrs. Felicia Anslem, the State Police Public Relations Officer, told the newsmen that the driver, Jacob Joshua, ran away when he committed the offence only to be arrested in neighbouring Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.
“Our officers and men tracked him down on Sunday evening (August 4) and he is now in detention,” she said.
Mrs. Anslem added that investigation into the incident had commenced and that the driver would be prosecuted, meanwhile the vehicle remains in police custody.
“Nobody who commits such a crime can run away from the law; he or she must face the wrath of the law.”
Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang has commiserated with families of the 14 children crushed by the vehicle and has described it as “very shocking and sad.” He also cautioned motorists against recklessness on the highway.
“We have lost precious leaders of tomorrow to somebody’s recklessness but all the same, only God knows why; He must have allowed it for a purpose.
“Only God can explain why this large number of young people should die at a go; it is not sickness, it is not war, yet a colossal loss,” Jang said.
Mr. Jang also ordered the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure that all the roads within the state were effectively patrolled to check motorists’ recklessness.
The Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council, Mr. Emmanuel Loman, thanked the governor for the condolence visit noting that the people have witnessed all sort of crimes in recent times.
The deceased children, aged between 10 and 18 years, and will be buried today.