…As IOM deplores killing of 30 trafficked migrants in Libya***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Friday said that one person died while eight others sustained injuries in multiple accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Thursday.
The State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, told newsmen in Ota that the accident occurred at about 10.25 a.m.
Oladele explained that a DAF tanker without registration number heading toward Ibadan from Lagos lost control at Ishara Bridge, near Ogere, and rammed into two Madza buses marked BGD 229 XW and RUW 504 XA.
The Sector Commander said that 14 people were involved in the accident, adding that a male adult died while others sustained various injuries.
“The corpse of the victim was deposited at Ipara Morgue, Ogun, while seven victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere.
”The eighth survivor was taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, for intensive treatment,” he said.
He implored motorists to drive cautiously and adhere strictly to the prescribed maximum speed limit of 50 km per hour at construction zones to avoid loss of lives and property.
In another development, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), on Thursday, deplored the killing of 30 trafficked migrants in western Libya.
“The tragedy that occurred is a smuggling warehouse in Mezda, near the city of Gharyan, southwest of Tripoli where a group of migrants were being held.
“Eleven migrants who sustained severe injuries have been rushed to the hospital,’’ the IOM said in a statement.
IOM called on Libyan authorities to immediately launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
The agency also called for urgent establishment of an alternative safe disembarkation scheme for migrants rescued at sea and returned to Libya, providing them with a port of safety and guaranteeing their needs and protection.
“This senseless crime is a bleak reminder of the horrors migrants have to endure at the hands of smugglers and traffickers in Libya.
“These criminal groups are taking advantage of the instability and security situation to prey on desperate people and exploit their vulnerabilities,’’ said IOM Libya Chief of Mission, Federico Soda.
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011, Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants, hoping to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores.
With additional reports of Xinhua