A parent of one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls was killed in a road accident on Sunday as they traveled in a convoy to visit the students, it was reported.
The group of parents were making their way from Chibok in Borno State to Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, where the majority of the girls who have been released by Boko Haram jihadists are studying at the American University of Nigeria.
“We left Chibok this morning in a convoy of seven buses for Yola to visit our daughters at the American University,” Yana Galang, from the Abducted Chibok girls Movement for Rescue, told AFP.
Halfway between Chibok and Yola, the driver of one of the vehicles lost control after easing the brakes and hit a road maintenance truck, Galang said.
“One person died and 17 others were critically injured. Eight of them sustained fractures on hands and legs,” she added.
The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014 shocked the world and became a symbol of the abuses committed by Boko Haram.
Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and returned to Chibok.
Over the following three years, 107 more were found, rescued or exchanged after negotiations between the government and their captors.
The majority of former captives are attending the American University of Nigeria in Yola, a prestigious private institution in northern Nigeria.
The families of a hundred hostages are still waiting for news.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed saddened over the tragic accident which led to the death of Senator John Shagaya.
Shagaya, a former Senator representing Plateau south He reportedly died on Sunday following a motor accident that occurred while he was on his way to Langtang, Plateau state.
President Buhari in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, offered condolences to the Shagaya family, friends, the Government and people of Plateau State on the painful passing of their illustrious son.
“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer, who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.
“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, General Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country,” the statement read in part.
Shagaya before his tragic death was recently appointed as the chairman National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Buhari.
Ogun State Government has promised to provide special health care support for victims of road accidents within 24 hours of the incident in any part of the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said this during the second Annual Trace Corps Commander’s Conference in Abeokuta tagged: “Capacity Building in Road Traffic Management: Panacea for Combating Road Traffic Crashes within Ogun State.
He said with the initiative, the state government will ensure the protection and safety by collaborating with the Corps on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to equip officers and men who are in most cases the first respondents at an accident scene.
“We will take responsibility of crash victims by taking them to any of the State Hospitals within 24 hours of any road accident. We will also ensure that the people of the state are protected, that is why we will be collaborating with Trace on CPR training,” he said.
The State government according to Ipaye will also partner Psychiatric hospitals at checkmating irrational driving habits on the highways, saying those found guilty would be made to undergo a psychiatric test.
No fewer than 18 persons were reported to have died Friday after an 18-seater commercial bus and a tanker conveying diesel collided along the Owerri-Orlu road in Imo state.
Eyewitness accounts say immediately the collusion occurred, the tanker caught fire and both vehicles went into flames.
According to the eye witness, the trailer which was conveying about 50,000 liters of diesel lost control on the Njaba Bridge and rammed into the oncoming commercial bus conveying 18-passengers.
The Imo state sector commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kayode Aremu, said his men have been deployed to the scene to ensure that traffic is been controlled in the area and that all casualties are taken to the mortuary.
The number of casualties is however, yet to be ascertained.
At least eight persons are feared dead after a tipper truck loaded with sand crushed a commercial bus carrying passengers along the upper Sakponba road in Benin City the Edo State capital.
The accident which happened on Tuesday morning was said to be as a result of the tipper’s failed brakes which subsequently caused it to lose control and collide with the bus.
Among those who died were the driver of the bus, the conductor as well as women and children.
Meanwhile, angry commercial bus drivers and community youths are now rioting over the incident calling on the state government to urgently create parks for them and regulate the activities of tipper truck drivers.
The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of 10 persons following a road accident which occurred at Ibara Village, along the Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway.
Confirming the incident, the state FRSC commander, Clement Oladele said it happened as a result of reckless driving.
“The accident was caused as a result of over speeding and recklessness on the part of the driver of the articulated vehicle. The 18-seater bus heading to Ago Iwoye from Abeokuta, the state capital was parked before it was rammed into by the articulated vehicle which was at top speed.”
Oladele however, cautioned road users to be more careful while driving especially during the rainy season.
“I am using this medium to appeal to road users to be more careful, especially this time of the raining season as the roads tend to be slippery and dangerous to drive on. They should obey the necessary speed limits in order to save avoidable deaths on our roads,” he stated.
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..