Five Killed In Ogun Road Accident

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.

He said the crash involved three vehicles: a Mazda space bus, a tanker and a truck, blaming the accident on reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.

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“We learnt from the eye witness account that the Space Bus and tanker were inbound Ibadan from Lagos along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the diversion axis after Sagamu interchange, when in an attempt to overtake a truck in front of it had an head-on collision with another truck coming from Ibadan,” he said.

“Five people died on the spot including the driver, two injured while another one was rescued.”

While the tanker driver was said to have fled the accident scene, the driver of the truck is recuperating at a private hospital in Sagamu.

Akinbiyi condoled with the families of the deceased, admonishing motorists  to avoid reckless and wrongful overtaken at diversion and construction zones and maintain the 50kph speed limit.

35-Year-Old Man Rescued From Committing Suicide In Ogun River

Ogun traffic official rescues a 35-year-old man from committing suicide in the state on June 24, 2020.

 

A 35-year-old man, Fatai Oyedele, has been reported rescued by officers of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps after an attempted suicide at a river in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

This was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Akinbiyi explained that Oyedele, a father of five children resides around Tourist Estate in Obere community, Atan in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

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“Oyedele, a 35-year-old cloth seller with five children, attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Ogun river around 1:15 am at Akin Olugbade area of Abeokuta in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

“It was discovered that the victim was also holding a sniper in his hand. Our prompt intervention at the scene with the help of some civilians prevented what would have been an eventual suicide,” he stated.

The spokesman, however, said the man was later taken to Adigbe police station in Abeokuta for further investigation.

Ogun Govt. Asks Julius Berger To Suspend Work During Traffic Hours

Ogun State, Road Construction, Julius Berger, Lagos-Ibadan expresswayThe Ogun State government has directed Julius Berger Plc to suspend the ongoing reconstruction work on the busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway during the peak traffic hours.

The government stated that with effect from Monday, August 8, the construction company should not work on the highway from 6:00am to 10:00am and between 4:00pm and 10:00pm.

The government encouraged the contractor to work full blast between 10:00am and 4:00pm and also during the night after 10pm.

The State government also expressed deep concern about the hardship being faced by Nigerians who ply the busy expressway on account of the ongoing reconstruction.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, stated that the measure had become necessary, as they observed that the already bad traffic situation on the expressway had been further compounded by the increasing spate of armed robberies reported along the road.

Ameliorate Disruption To Lives

The statement read: “The Ogun State government welcomes the ongoing reconstruction works in the full realisation of the fact that this will ultimately bring greater relief to our people.

“We however, note that the effort has come with temporary pain, in the nature of perennial traffic congestion and security challenges”.

“In the past few weeks, we took two steps. We increased Police and security patrols on that axis and opened up discussions with the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State and the contractor.

“We suggested that they should consider working late evenings and overnight in order to ameliorate the disruption to the lives of commuters on the ever-busy expressway and Ogun residents. It is a thing of regret that our suggestion was spurned,” the statement added.

Redesigning Security Architecture

The government said it made the request based on experience and recalled that before the advent of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration, armed robberies occasioned by bad portions of the road; traffic congestion caused by unruly drivers driving against the flow of traffic and tanker drivers parking indiscriminately on the median were the order of the day.

“The public will recall that we confronted these challenges headlong. We set up a task force to checkmate the excesses of the trailer drivers so much that the Governor personally led regular enforcement teams on the expressway.

“We also invested heavily on redesigning the security architecture of the state by deploying Armoured Personnel Carriers, elite Quick Response Squad (QRS), Operation MESA and the state Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency (TRACE).

“We have also repeatedly intervened by undertaking major repair works on bad stretches of the road, not minding the fact that it is a Federal Government highway.

“Additionally, we took responsibility for clearing traffic, maintaining security and cleaning after the departure of our monthly religious visitors,” it stated.

The government expressed delight that its efforts ultimately restored relative sanity on the road and greatly reduced robbery incidents, but noted that that was until the recent intervention by Julius Berger.

It further explained that the objective of the directive was to mitigate the man-hour losses and socio-economic disruptions occasioned by the ongoing reconstruction work.

The Ogun State government assured the road users that it would continue to monitor the situation and proactively engage the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the contractors, with a view to fashioning a robust intervention that would address both the security and traffic situation on the road.

They also implored the people of the state to remain calm as they work round the clock to redress the inconveniences.

18 Feared Dead In Lagos–Ibadan Express Auto Crash

Accident, Lagos - IbadanEighteen people are said to have lost their lives during an accident along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in southwest Nigeria.

A fuel laden tanker had collided with an 18-passenger bus, killing all the occupants including the driver on the spot.

The accident, which occurred at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday around Fidiwo-Ajebo axis of the express road, involved a cement truck marked AJG 40 XA, a petroleum tanker truck with registration number RAN 571 XA and a passenger bus marked AGL 373 XR.

Reports say that the fuel laden tanker had attempted to overtake the cement truck at a road diversion point before a head-on collision with the passenger bus which was travelling to Lagos.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, also confirmed the incident.

He explained that there had been an ongoing repair works along the expressway, which necessitated the road diversion at the point of the crash.

Personnel of TRACE, the Police and that of the Federal Road Safety Corp were at the scene for rescue operation.

Mr Akinbiyi stated that he was not sure whether the corpses of the victims would be taken to a morgue in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, or that of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu in Ogun State, until all the dead bodies were evacuated.

Road Accidents Claim More Lives Than HIV/AIDS

Road traffic accidents claim more lives than HIV/AIDS in the society and must be reduced through collective responsibility of members of the public.

The Corps Commander of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun State, Ayodele Sangofadeji made this revelation while inducting new members of TRACE Mayors in Sagamu, Ogun state.

Commander Sangofadeji while inducting new members said being a member of this group would avail them the opportunity to discharge their assisting roles in saving lives on the roads under the confine of the law without any fear.

“TRACE Mayor was established in 2007 through an amendment of TRACE law by the House of Assembly to manage traffic problems and educate road users in the state with regular TRACERS”, he said.

He urged members to see their membership as an opportunity to assist in making driving culture in the state better and safer for the people.

Patron of the newly inducted Mayors who is also the Principal General, Remo Division, Michael Oredehin, commended activities of the corps while appreciating the initiatives behind establishment of TRACE Mayor and TRACE clubs in schools.

The Unit Coordinator, Babatunde Adeogun on behalf of other members pledged to contribute their quota in reducing accidents on the roads with a promise to ensure preservation of lives on the roads and not to allow their personal interests influence official conducts and decisions.

The 30 newly inducted TRACE Mayors thereafter swore an oath of allegiance.

Sallah: Thousands of passengers stranded as fuel tanker blocks Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Thousands of passengers and motorist plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Friday stranded for several hours as a tanker carrying petroleum product fell on one part of the road.
The tanker which was laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was reportedly travelling from Lagos towards Ibadan at about 11:30pm on Thursday when it accidentally stumbled and fell blocking the expressway.

Motorist travelling out of Lagos were redirected to a single lane by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, and the police.

An official of the FRSC, who spoke with Channels Television, said a bad portion of the road around the Berger bus stop was the cause of the accident.

Point towards a pothole on the road, the FRSC official said: “There is a pothole there, maybe the driver enter it and couldn’t control and then rammed into the wall that partitioned the road.”

He said security operatives were around to chase anyone that would attempt to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker.

Channels Television correspondence at the scene of the accident reported that most passengers spent hours trekking from the old toll gate to Berger bus stop.

Tanker explosion kills one, injures two in Ijebu Ode

A tanker loaded with fuel on Tuesday exploded on the Erunwon highway in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, killing one person and injuring two persons.

A witness, who identified himself as Adenuga Abayomi, said the tanker, which was coming from Erunwon, fell when it was trying to negotiate a roundabout.

Abayomi explained that when the tanker fell, the petrol inside it poured out trapping the driver and two other passengers. “when the tanker fell, we tried to rescue those trapped inside, but we were able to rescue two while we could not rescue the third person who was said  to be a motor boy before the tanker exploded.” he said

Confirming the incident, Ijebu-Ode Unit commander of FRSC, Mr.Issa Seidu, said the accident was caused by brake failure, adding that the explosion could have been avoided if not for the smoke emission from other vehicles plying the other side of the road.

The Ijebu-Ode Zonal Commander of the state Traffic Compliance Enforcement (TRACE), Hamzat Tommy, gave the tanker’s number plate as XC 577 WWW and confirmed that the body of the only victim had been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary in Ijebu-Ode.

The Ogun State Deputy Speaker, Tola Banjo, who visited the scene said,”It is an unfortunate incident but at the same time would have been prevented. It would have been averted if not for the careless attitude of other drivers whose vehicle emissions sparked off the fire.”

Expressway accident claims nine lives in Ogun state

 

Nine persons have been confirmed dead in a road crash along the Abeokuta -Siun Sagamu expressway, while others sustained various degrees of injuries.

The accident involving an 18-seater Hi-ace bus belonging to Lukdos Transport Company and an articulated lorry marked LAGOS JJJ 489 XB occurred around 7 30AM at Ototo village, few kilometers away from the state capital.

The accident reportedly occurred when the truck, coming from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into the commercial bus.

The victims including three male and five female were said to be members of the same church died on the spot as well as the driver.

The Lagos bound bus was said to be conveying members of African Church Solution Camp, Abeokuta, for a wedding ceremony of another member of the church.

Confirming the incident, the coordinator of the state Traffic Compliant and Enforcement, TRACE, Mr. Sola Bamidele blamed it all on reckless driving by the truck driver.

He said that the remains of the victims have been deposited at the State Hospital, Ijaiye and Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, morgues.

30 feared dead in Ogun road accident

No fewer than 30 persons were feared dead  in an auto crash that occurred at Mobalufun junction, in Odogbolu Local Government of Ogun State on Tuesday.

The accident occurred after a truck, loaded with wheat flour, rammed into a commuter bus conveying passengers.

Many of the victims are reported to be traders and commuters waiting for buses on roadside.

The remains of the victims as well as the injured have been taken to the general hospital, Ijebu-ode, and the Olabisi Onabanjo University teaching hospital, Sagamu.

The truck loaded with flour rammed into a commuter bus heading to lagos killing all the passengers on the spot.

Traders and some commuters standing by the road side, seeking free rides to their destinations, were part of the victims.

According to sources, scores of people sustained serious injuries in the incident.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the police and the Ogun state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency(TRACE) were  at the scene last night making efforts to save lives and at the same time evacuate the dead.