Kogi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. David Apeh, has denied involvement in a hit and run incident in Idah local government area of the state.
Reacting to reports alleging he knocked down a young lady, Ruth Ameh, in Ibaji area of the state and abandoning the injured victim, Apeh said the allegations were untrue.
The commissioner explained that he was not in his official vehicle when the incident happened, noting that his driver, Isiaka Abdullahi, had gone out on an errand on March 20 when a commercial motorcycle (Okada) hit his Hilux van from behind.
He the victim, Ruth Ameh, was immediately taken to Emmanuel Clinic Idah and he gave her all the cash on him to offset her medial bill only to be told later that she has been taken to Ayeke in Ibaji for herbal treatment.
While describing the publication as an attempt to blackmail him, Apeh said he is from same Ayeke community where Ruth is being treated.
In his account, the driver, Isiaka Abdullahi, said he was the only one in the Hilux on the said day.
Isiaka said he was going towards GRA in Idah when an Okada rider carrying a female passenger appeared behind him on top speed. He explained that he got to the junction leading to his residence and turned on the car trafficator indicating his intention to make a turn but was surprised when the motorcycle hit his car from the rear and the passenger fell.
Isiaka said the victim was taken to Emmanuel Clinic for immediate attention while he contacted his boss on the matter.
According to him, money was sent to her to upset the bills and exchange of phone number with one Gabriel Enefola, a relative of the victim.
Isiaka debunked the publication that Ruth Ameh was abandoned but disclosed that additional monies has been sent to her by the Commissioner for further treatment.