No fewer than five people were confirmed dead and 12 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a multiple accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The accident occurred on Sunday morning, September 17, 2023, at the Foursquare Camp area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Mrs Florence Okpe, the Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the development in an interview with newsmen in Abeokuta.
Okpe explained that the accident involved a DAF truck marked, KMC 810 ZB, a Toyota bus marked, TMA-244b XA and a Mitsubishi pickup van with no registration number.
The FRSC spokeswoman said that the accident occured at about 6:15 a.m. and was caused by excessive speeding, tyre blowout and loss of control on the part of the driver of the truck.
She noted that due to the tyre blowout and loss of control, the truck fell and blocked the road, noting that both the bus and the pickup van rammed into the fallen truck.
Okpe disclosed that 21 people were involved in the multiple crash, saying that 12 people were injured while five people died.
She stated that the injured people were taken to Victory Hospital in Ogere, near Abeokuta for medical attention while the dead were deposited at a morgue in Ipara community, near Abeokuta.
Okpe quoted the Ogun State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Anthony Uga, as advising motorists to desist from using sub-standard tyres and to also apply common sense while driving in this rainy season.
The sector commander sympathised with the families of the victims, advising them to visit the Ogunmakin Unit of the FRSC for more information on the accident.
In a related development, the police command in Kaduna State has confirmed that two persons were killed and three others kidnapped by suspected bandits on Sept. 15 in a community in the state.
The command’s Acting Public Relations Officer, Mr Mansir Hassan, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kaduna.
Hassan said that the incident took place in Dogon Noma-Unguwan Gamu community in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the bandits invaded the community at about 6:30 a.m., killing and abducting the victims.
The spokesman assured that the bandits would eventually be arrested to face the wrath of the law.