Four persons have been confirmed burnt beyond recognition in a fatal road accident Friday on the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway while sixteen others sustained injuries
The accident was said to have been caused by excessive speed which resulted in the loss of control, while the bus rammed into the median strip and went into flames
According to the Public Education Officer of the Ogun State Sector of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) Florence Okpe, the incident was a lone accident that involved a Mazda bus with registration number APP 34XH.
“The fatal crash occurred at about 07: 50hrs on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway around Oniworo, after Foursquare Camp. Twenty persons were involved, four people burnt whole sister other were injured,” she said
The injured victims were said to have been taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, for medical attention.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC, Ogun State Command, Ahmed Umar, has, however, advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations
He also condoled with the families of the deceased and pray that God should strengthen.
FRSC Public Education Officer of the command, Olabisi Sonusi, issued a statement, saying that the five injured victims have been hospitalised.
“The vehicles involved in the crash were a white bus with Registration number KTN 262YJ and an Articulated truck (Registration Number unknown),” the statement read in part.
“FRSC operatives and other emergency management agencies are on the ground, ensuring prompt recovery and evacuation of all crashed vehicles.
“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Lagos Sector Command Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, therefore, advised motorists to always avoid night journey because of impaired visibility at that hour.
“He also admonished the motoring public always to observe construction signage and speed limits at such zones.
“Ogungbemide is also using this medium to commiserate with the families of the deceased while wishing the injured quick recovery.”
The team leader who sustained severe injuries had to be rushed to the hospital.
In his reaction, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, decried the attack and condoled the families of the deceased staff.
He also sympathised with the unit commander and staff of Igbo-Uku FRSC Command, as well as the entire management and staff of the corps over the loss.
Oyeyemi assured them that the corps is already working with the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the wicked act are arrested and allowed to face the full weight of the law.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has promoted more than 1,000 officers, according to a statement from the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.
He said the approval came at the end of the commission’s meeting, ratifying the report of the Establishment Committee of the Commission on the promotion of Officers, where the exercise was diligently deliberated upon.
According to him, the promotions were approved on March 31, 2022, and included “the appointment of 2 Assistant Corps Marshals (ACM) to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshal (DCM), 4 Corps Commanders (CC) to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), 39 Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) to the rank of Corps Commander (CC) and 64 Assistant Corps Commanders (ACC) to the rank of Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC).
“Others include; 57 Chief Route Commanders promoted to Assistant Corps Commanders, 132 Superintendent Route Commanders to Chief Route Commanders as well as 427 Route Commanders elevated to the rank of Superintendent Route Commander. In addition, the Commission also approved the promotion of 317 Deputy Route Commanders to the rank of Route Commander as well as 76 Assistant Route Commanders (ARC) to the rank of Deputy Route Commander (DRC),” the statement said.
“Others who were elevated with the mandate to proceed on terminal leave are two Assistant Corps Marshals appointed to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshal, 3 Corps Commanders also promoted to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshal; as well as 7 Deputy Corps Commanders promoted to the rank of Corps Commander and 6 Assistant Corps Commanders equally promoted to the rank of Deputy Corps Commander respectively.”
The statement quoted the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, as congratulating the officers for performing well in the promotion exercise. He urged them to keep up the good work.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has revealed that in line with its development objectives, the Nigerian government considers road safety a major development and economic priority for government at all levels, as it ensures safety and protection of lives and the well-being of the citizenry.
The VP stated this on Thursday evening when he received the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, on a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Todt was accompanied by the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi.
“In terms of priority, road safety is critical to us. Just looking at the number of fatalities, more attention should be given to road safety issues because, certainly we will have far less fatalities…. we should try and keep the campaign going and adopt different approaches to these issues so that we don’t have the kinds of huge fatalities,” the VP said.
Noting that road safety and welfare of citizens were crucial issues to the government, the Vice President stated that this was “why it is that we have done and continue to do as much as possible to promote the work of our Federal Road Safety Corps.”
According to Prof. Osinbajo, public education campaign such as that provided by the FRSC traffic radio “is not just important, in terms of the fact that it is helpful in informing people about traffic and all that, but it is also a major means of educating the public about road safety issue.
“Public education is very important to ensuring road safety because people need to be informed, especially about the simple easy-to-do things such as wearing seat belts, not using the phone while driving, not driving under the influence, and very simple, straightforward preventive measures that is central to people’s lives and their limbs are safe.”
While emphasizing why the Federal Government is promoting road safety issues, mentioning the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy II (NRSS II), the Vice President also noted that the Federal Government will continue to do more to ensure the safety of lives and property, explaining the economic benefits of road safety.
The VP then commended the UN Special Envoy, who visited Nigeria some few years ago, for “continuing the good work of road safety across the world.” He also praised the FRSC Corps Marshal for his very extensive work in road safety matters in Nigeria.
“The President, in particular, has ensured that road safety is a development priority…. We look forward to more collaboration with the UN, and you can be sure of our commitment,” the VP told the UN Special Envoy.
In his remarks, the UN Special Envoy emphasized the importance of road safety, especially in a populous country such as Nigeria, as well as raising more awareness on the need to prevent roads accidents in Nigeria and Africa.
“I commend the work being done by the FRSC and the strong commitment of the Nigerian government towards improving road safety in the country. “Road safety is an important issue and it comes at a huge cost,” said Mr. Todt.
Also speaking, Corps Marshal Boboye disclosed that Nigeria (alongside four other African countries; Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa), received the first-ever Kofi Annan Road Safety Award on Wednesday at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
At the Accra ceremony, which was attended by the UN Special Envoy, Nigeria was given the award for its efforts in curbing road carnage among others.
Boboye also thanked the Vice President for his personal contribution to the issues, noting the improvements recorded in Nigeria in the area of road safety.
He also acknowledged that the FRSC has been getting support from the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy in the areas of capacity development and the implementation of the conventions.
He said, “Your Excellency, you respectfully received Mr. Todt in 2018 and had a series of discussions with him, which immediately you activated. I want to say proudly today that most of the issues raised then have been fully implemented. The key issue you raised after the meeting was the ascension of Nigeria to the UN global conventions for road safety, which you directed, and this was done.
“We are going to go back to the drawing board and see how we can implement the enforcement of the use of safety helmets in the country.”
At the end of the meeting, the visiting UN Envoy presented a prototype design of a safety helmet to the Vice President.
The FRSC spokesman revealed that Toya Sienna vehicles also referred to as space buses had high involvement in crashes in which speed accounted for over 80% of crashes involving this category of vehicle.
“Against this backdrop, the Federal Road Safety Corps Ogun State Sector Command has initiated plans to stem down on road traffic crashes and its resultant effects as we deploy radar guns for speed detection and control and also to sustain the enforcement of the installation of speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles as a whole and by extension Sienna vehicles which have been observed to have high involvement in crashes,” she added.
She informed that enforcement, which is scheduled to take effect as soon as possible, will be collaboratively carried with other sister agencies like the Nigerian Army, police, etc.
Okpe also advised commercial motorists, especially owners of Sienna vehicles, to install speed limiting device in their vehicles and be law abiding.
This is even as she warned them to desist from acts that can pose as threats to them and other road users, as life has no duplicate.
An eyewitness account stated that the driver of the bus was at high speed and about to overtake another vehicle when he lost control and collided with the truck on the motion on the other lane of the road.
Men of the Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the State Police Command were said to have been drafted to the area to ease the traffic congestion resulting from the fatal crash.
An officer of the FRSC told Channels Television that the crash was caused by speed limit violation and dangerous driving on the part of the bus driver.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami also confirmed the road crash, saying normalcy has since returned to the area as a result of the intervention of men of the command.
Meanwhile, the remains of the dead victims have been deposited at the mortuary in a nearby hospital; while those injured ones are also receiving treatment.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists against flouting safety rules capable of putting other road users in danger, especially during this festive season.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, sounded the warning in Lagos as part of his tour of the nation to inspect the level of preparedness of his men for the end of the year patrol operations.
According to the corps marshal, the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will be free of obstruction, because of the high vehicular activities around the axis.
He said, “Lagos accounts for high vehicular density. We have about 33% of vehicles outbound Lagos and 40% drivers.”
Data released by the FRSC showed that between 2010 and October of 2021, at least 479580 persons were involved in road crashes and 67508 people killed in the process.
Over-speeding was reported to have accounted for 52% of that figure.
He advised road users to comply with traffic rules and regulations while he promised to prosecute any commercial driver whose vehicle does not have a speed limiting device and his vehicle impounded.
Other road safety violations he wanted motorists to watch out for include overloading, driving without a valid licence and using rickety vehicles for long journeys.
Mr Oyeyemi frowned against driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and advised motorists to avoid night travels. He promised to do everything within his power to prevent and minimise road traffic crashes.
He said, “it’s a presidential approval, it’s what the law says, preventing and minimising road traffic crashes. How that is done by the federal road safety corps is my business.”
He appealed to motorists to avoid driving under influence of alcohol and that whoever violates that will not go unpunished.
“If you’re dead drunk while driving, we have about 25 help areas at strategic locations, the driver will sleep, when he wakes up, we will arrange for his vehicle to be taken to the next destination and the driver will be prosecuted,” he added.
The corps marshal commended the Chief of Defence Staff, other service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police for honouring his request to remove all security checkpoints across the nation while still providing backup security measures to ensure a crime-free yuletide season.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) in Lagos, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide has denied involvement in the road accident which occurred on Tuesday at the Ojodu area of the state.
The FRSC boss during an interview on the Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said road safety officials are professional in their conduct and will not chase after vehicles to apprehend erring drivers.
“Let me just speak from the Federal Road Safety Corps angle. FRSC does not have cause under any guide to pursue any vehicle. By virtue of technology that is available to us, the only thing I need is to get the number plate of the vehicle and I can get him any day anytime.
“So, we don’t even pursue saloon vehicles not to talk of articulated vehicles in a built-up arrear. Attributing such to FRSC is quite unfortunate. We are too professional to indulge in that,” Ogungbemide said.
He explained that the driver of the truck lost control and hit pedestrians including the pupils and they got a phone call about the accident before eventually going to the scene for rescue operations.
“I won’t be able to talk for other organisation but all I can tell you is that the truck lost control by virtue of the circumstances that could have happened and ran into the pupils. At that time, FRSC has no bearing as regards the issue of patrol on that corridor. I said earlier that our office is a stone’s throw from that school. So, the fact that they see our operatives here and there does not mean that we are having any business to do with enforcement.”
Several schoolchildren were on Tuesday feared dead after a truck rammed into some students in the Ojodu area of Lagos State.
The incident occurred around 2:00 pm at Grammar School Bus-Stop, Ogunusi Road when students after closing from school were returning to their respective homes.
Eyewitnesses said no fewer than 10 students died in the accident but the police in a statement said two students died while those injured are receiving treatment at various hospitals.
Motorists travelling to and from the South-West through the Kabba-Omuo Ekiti Highway in Kogi State have been advised to use alternative routes.
The Federal Road Safety Corps which issued the advisory on Saturday said a section of the road at Ikoyi under the Iyara Local Government Area of the state had failed, leading to a poor flow of traffic.
FRSC Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, asked road users to use Kabba/Asaya/Ogidi/Ikare as an alternative route to or from South-West.
“Members of the motoring public and general commuters travelling from or to Southwest, through Kabba- Omuo Ekiti Federal Highway are hereby notified of a failed section of the road at Ikoyi under Iyara local government area of Kogi State,” the statement partly read.
“This development has led to lack of free flow of traffic at the said portion of the road.
“In view of the foregoing, motorists, travellers, and the general public are hereby advised to use Kabba/Asaya/Ogidi/Ikare as an alternative route to or from South-West. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is already activating appropriate action to ameliorate the situation.
“The Federal Road Safety Corps solicits maximum cooperation of the motoring public on this development. The Corps will also continue to update the public periodically on further developments.
“Meanwhile, operatives of FRSC are on the ground controlling traffic.”