…As Road traffic accident kills 3, injures 3, in Ibadan***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zone RS5 comprising Edo, Delta and Anambra, says it recorded 139 deaths in 359 Road Traffic Crashes between June and December.
Mr Emmanuel Abe, Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) of the zone, disclosed this in Benin on Tuesday while addressing motorists at the flag off of the 2020 ember month campaign.
Abe disclosed that 1,649 people were involved in the crashes, which recorded 687 injured persons.
He, therefore, advised the motorists and tricycle operators, popularly called keke, to desist from driving against traffic and avoid overloading.
The ZCO also cautioned them against excessive speed, non usage of seat belt, making calls while driving and other acts capable of causing road traffic crashes especially as the Christmas celebration approaches.
He however assured travelers passing through zone of a free and smooth journey devoid of traffic holdups.
Abe added that FRSC marshals have been strategically positioned along the traffic corridors including the Onitsha Niger Bridge for traffic control.
The ZCO appealed on all road users especially commercial drivers to drive safely and stick to all safety rules especially during the yuletide.
He wished drivers and all travelers a merry Christmas and prosperous new year 2021 in advance.
In the meantime, a road traffic accident which occurred around Amuludun on the old Oyo-Ibadan road on Monday at 12.15 pm claimed three lives and injured three other persons.
The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Oyo State, Mrs Uche Chukwurah, confirmed the accident in a phone interview in Ibadan, noting that the accident involved a truck and a Micra car.
She said that the cause of the accident was speed violation and loss of control by the truck.
The sector commander said that the truck lost control and rammed into the Micra car causing the death of three persons consisting of two males and a female.
“Three people, all females were also injured. The total number of people involved in the incident was eight while the remaining two persons were unhurt.
“The corpse of one of the deceased was taken to Adeoyo Hospital morgue while the family of the other two dead persons came around to collect their corpses,” she said.
The sector commander advised motorists to always avoid wrong overtaking and adhere to other traffic rules and regulations to avoid unnecessary accidents that could lead to loss of lives and properties.