An officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been confirmed dead while four of his colleagues sustained injuries in an accident at Showo village along Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway in Ogun southwest Nigeria.
Representative of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the accident.
Akinbiyi explained that the accident involved a Honda CRV with registration number LSD 191 ET and a truck.
He said that the truck was trying to make an illegal U-turn back to Sagamu without indication before the Honda car rammed into it from the back.
“The Honda CRV had five occupants, all SARS officers, four male and one female but unfortunately the driver of the Honda CRV died.”
Akinbiyi stated that the injured have been taken to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for treatment.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who also confirmed the accident, said that the officers were returning from Sagamu where they had gone for a court proceeding when the accident occurred.
A fatal accident was averted on Friday night at Agunbelewo area in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, as three vehicles from two different directions collided.
The vehicles, an 18-seater bus, which was said to have been heading to Ogbomoso in Oyo state, a coaster with registration number SOKOTO-TBW-212-XA, and another bus with registration number OSUN-XD-373-GNN, collided at about 10.30 pm.
An eye witness, Taiwo Elegbedede, who spoke to Channels Television, at the scene of the accident said the driver of the bus with registration number KEBBI-ZUR-545-AA was trying to manoeuvre the pot holes on his way when he suddenly drove onto the other lane facing an oncoming vehicle.
“The bus driver was trying to dodge the bad road and ran into the coaster coming from opposite direction. The driver of the coaster to me, saved the day with his experience, while the other coaster bus driver should just be thanking God for saving his life.
Another witness, a trader by the roadside, Mrs Ajayi, said: “I think the bus driver was drunk, because of the way he drove right into the lane of the coaster carrying pepper, or maybe he was only trying to dodge the pot hole. But, I don’t think any sane mind would ever do that, especially at this period”.
According to the witness, the drivers were seen engaging in war of words as to who should be held responsible for the damage done to their vehicles.
Meanwhile, a patrol team of the Osun state police command, arrived at the scene of the incident, minutes after and took all three drivers away in order to settle the dispute and avoid any further mishaps.
So far, no life was lost and no serious injury was recorded in the incident.
Road Safety 2016 reports say approximately 223 lives, have been lost in Ogun state alone, due to a number of reasons, one of which Data Analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo identifies as abuse of alcohol by drivers.
It’s been a week of horrible road movement, following the ongoing construction and subsequently a ghastly accident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Although rescue efforts were promptly completed by emergency officers such as men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), and Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), commutters have had to suffer long hours in a gridlock in the preceding days.
Data analyst, Babajide ogunsawo, analyzing the road infrastructure and “how we got ourselves here” described the gridlock as “extremely horrible”.
He recalled that five and a half decades ago, Nigeria’s road infrastructure, and the network around the country was 65 thousand kilometres but, “today it’s more than double that amount – population has more than quadrupled”.
“At the start of this new millennium, the total estimated vehicles on Nigerian roads was 1.3 million, now its seven times what it was about 16 years ago.
“Population has significantly grown as well as number of vehicles on the roads” he added.
He then stated that a logical solution would be to increase the capacity of the roads, by increasing the number of lanes and improving maintenance of roads.
However, according to him, evidence based on several global studies, shows that when countries increase the capacity of their roads, they get more cars to fill in those roads.
“Hence, we need to realise that even though we have a transportation problem, the transportation solution may not necessarily get us out of the problem.
Mr Ogunsanwo stated that although the government makes plans based on the population figures, what they are not doing right is looking through the same perspective.
He said the Commissioner of Health in Lagos as at 2015, Dr Jide Idris, revealed something that several analysts call the “greatest information in Lagos in the last decade”.
He said although it was not about transportation, it has great significance on our road infrastructure.
According to him, Mr Idris and his team had conducted a survey among bus drivers in Lagos, and it showed that 80% of bus drivers in Lagos, were either on drugs or alcohol.
The information analyst said Lagos state has the biggest economy in the country, as measured by GDP, while also recalling that the FRSC Marshall had on Thursday, stated that road transportation was the most important means that leads people to their various destination.
Analysing all the information, he came to a conclusion that “bus drivers in Lagos indeed are leaders because they are the ones that take a lot of families to their various destination.
“However, if majority of these drivers are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it only means that most of the leaders don’t know where they are going”.
Furthermore, he stated that the National Bureau of Statistics, in their last consumption reports said most Nigerian families spend more on alcohol and entertainment than on education.
Mr Ogunsanwo then posited that when there is road congestion, “we need to connect these dots so we can clearly see where the problem comes from” in order to apply necessary solutions.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Fatai Owoseni, said on Monday that the person suspected to be responsible for a recent trailer accident that occurred at Ojuelegba, in Lagos State, has been arrested and charged.
The CP said that the owner of the truck was also in Police custody.
According to him, the suspect is said to be charged for contravention of traffic laws and manslaughter.
Speaking to Channels Television, Mr Owoseni stated that one of the best ways to prevent such occurrences was to twist-lock the container on the truck.
He also said that other measures would be to ensure that containers that are not twist-locked do not leave the port.
“We won’t even allow those trucks that are carrying containers that are not twist-locked to get out of the port”.
The Police Commissioner further said that plans were on to establish a collaboration with the Ports Authority and other stakeholders, to check the tonnage of the trucks before they carry equipment.
Students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, have held a protest at the scene of the fatal road accident which claimed the lives of 11 students of the institution.
The students, dressed in black attires, also held prayers for the repose of their former colleagues killed last week in a ghastly motor accident at the Ilisan area of Ogun State, along the Benin/Ore express road.
Backed by security operatives, they drove down to the scene of the accident in five buses of the institution.
The students were held in unison as they mourned the departed. Christian and Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of their dead colleagues.
While demanding justice for the lives lost, the President of the Student Union, Adegbesan Adenola, handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the government to bring the ‘killer-driver’ to justice, just as they demanded immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the accident and the alleged culpability of security agencies around the area.
After all, the students proceeded to the private company whose truck was believed to have wrecked the havoc, forced the gate opened and vandalised some of the company’s property, including vehicles..
As the world celebrate Easter, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned drivers against drunk-driving during this festive period, as many would travel to see their loved ones .
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Etuk Imoh, gave the caution during their routine check on drivers, to see the level of alcohol in their system.
He told Journalists that the Corps intend to reduce road crashes during the Easter period.
Although there is no accurate statistics of drunk driving related auto crashes in Nigeria, FRSC records show that over 1,000 lives are lost annually to road accident.
The FRSC said it would do all it could to reduce the figure of death toll on road accidents.
According to Mr Etuk Imoh, more road crashes are recorded during festive seasons and they can be attributed partly to drunk-driving.
Apart from the checks conducted by the FRSC, motor park operators say they educate their members against drunk driving, and other habits that could constitute danger on the high-way.
At least 18 people died when two buses collided head-on Wednesday along the Abuja-Lokoja Highway. Nine others sustained serious injuries, a spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said.
The accident happened along the Kwali-Gwagwalada road early on Wednesday, when a public bus lost control and rammed into another bus travelling in the opposite direction.
All but one of the 18 passengers of the first bus, including the driver, died on the spot.
A total of 96 people, including 10 children, were involved in the crash.
The FRSC has urged Nigerian motorists to avoid unnecessary night journeys.
The Kwali-Gwagwalada-Lokoja route, linking the north to the rest of the country, is considered particularly dangerous as many people lose their lives here each year.
The road is being expanded to make it safer, but construction work has dragged on for years.
12 persons including a pregnant woman were confirmed dead in two separate auto crashes which occurred at about 8 o’clock on Monday night in Igbado town along the Ondo-Ore Expressway.
One of the accidents involved a truck loaded with plantain with registration number LAGOS XA 200 GND going to Lagos and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus with registration number OSUN XD 982 GNN heading towards Ondo town in the opposite direction.
Several occupants of the vehicles were burnt beyond recognition while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Commenting on the incident, the Ondo town unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Gabriel Folawe who supervised the rescue operation informed Channels Television that he got a distress call concerning the incident in his office at about 8.30pm in the evening of yesterday and immediately rushed there to rescue the victims.
The second accident which occurred along the same route few hours later, involved a truck loaded with liquor drinks that veered off the road while four other vehicles were crushed.
Four persons were confirmed dead while others sustained injuries in a fatal auto crash which occurred in front of the Ogun State Governor’s office, along the Oke-Mosan-Kobape-Sagamu dual carriage way in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The mangled bodies of the victims were reportedly removed from the wreckage of the auto crash after sympathizers had axed their way into the wrecked car they were travelling in.
The accident which involved a Toyota Tundra Jeep with registration number Lagos: FC 787LND and a Nissan Primeria car with registration number FZ 914 LSR was said to have occurred when the jeep heading for Shagamu crossed the median while the driver was receiving a phone call and hit the car with six passengers.
It took the intervention of the Ogun State rescue team of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDS), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Ogun State Traffic Compliance Agency (TRACE) before the dead bodies could be removed from the wreckage.
Confirming the incident, the team leader of the state traffic enforcement and compliant, Mr. Oladele Badmos said those who were injured are currently receiving treatment at the federal medical centre, idiaba while the remains of the dead will be deposited at the mortuary.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Friday said it is suspending enforcement of road traffic rules and booking of offenders nationwide for seven days to enable it carry out awareness campaign strategy. Briefing journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the FRSC enlightenment officer, Jonas Agwu said the campaign strategy, which will commence on Monday, will entail the use of advocacy through persuasion and enlightenment to encourage road users to obey traffic rules without the fear of sanctions and fines.
“What we are doing for next is: can we retreat and say to Nigerians we are going to use the tool of education and see the extent to which we can get the buy in of everybody especially now that we have entered the critical season of the year which is the ember months period,” he said.
“We have said that in 2012 by God’s grace and with the support of our motoring public and our stakeholders we projected that we would be able to bring crashes to 30 percent down and fatality by 20 percent,” he added
Mr Agwu said the enlightenment programme is one of the strategies to achieve the United Nations decade of action on road safety and will be geared towards realizing this year’s target of 30% reduction in deaths on the roads.
He said using and perfecting this strategy of advocacy without enforcement would help change the indifferent attitude of Nigerians as it has been identified as the major cause of road traffic accidents in the country.