…As 5 die,14 injured in auto crash along Abeokuta-Ibadan expressway***
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the Controller-General, Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed by one year with effect from July 21.
Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry.
Ehuriah, congratulated the Controller-General and urged him to ensure the consolidation of the on-going reforms in the Prisons Service in line with the policy thrust of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ja’afaru whose tenure was to end on July 21, 2019 was recommended for the extension due to his track record of innovative reforms in the Prisons Service.
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The extension was also to consolidate and complete some of the on-going programmes especially on human rights compliance, reformation and health care, agricultural and education programmes for inmates.
A seasoned prisons administrator, Ja’afaru until his appointment as the Controller-General, headed a number of prison formations across the country.
He was the Deputy Controller General in the Directorate of Administration and Supply at the Prisons National Headquarters, Abuja.
In the meantime, the Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday said that five persons died while 14 others sustained various degree of injuries in an accident tinvolving two vehicles at Odeda town, along Abeokuta-Ibadan Expressway.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Ogun Sector Commandant of FRSC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, that the accident happened at about 9.20 p.m. on Friday.
Oladele explained that a MADZA bus with registration number MUS 367 XU conveying passengers from Ibadan to Abeokuta lost control due to dangerous driving and had a collision with a truck.
He added that the truck with no registration number crushed the passengers inside the commuter bus and trapped them inside the bus.
The sector commandant said that 19 persons were involved in the accident that resulted to the death of five persons died, while 14 others sustained various degrees of injury.
“The corpses of the victims had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ijaye, Ogun, while the survivors were also receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun.” he said.
Oladele said that the obstruction had been cleared off the expressway to prevent further disaster.
The FRSC boss, however, commiserated with the families of the victims and cautioned drivers to resist driving dangerously to avoid unnecessary road traffic crashes.
He also implored passengers and the general public that noticed vehicles driving recklessly should contact the Corps through the FRSC toll free number 122.