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4 dead, 6 injured in road accident; Police arrest 2 serial kidnappers in Ondo State

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Written by Maritime First

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi says four persons died while six persons sustained injuries on Tuesday in an accident on Kabba-Lokoja-Abuja road.

Kogi Sector Commander Stephen Dawulung confirmed the incident to the newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday, explaining that one person did not sustain injury.

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Dawulung said that the accident involved a bus and that it occurred at 3.10 p.m. on Tuesday, at Km 2, Line 3, Obajana, Kogi on Kabba-Lokoja-Abuja road.

He said that the injured persons were rescued by the corps’ personnel and were quickly rushed to a hospital in Obajana for treatment while the four bodies were deposited in the hospital’s morgue.

He said that the accident was caused by the speed that could not be controlled when one of the tyres deflated, resulting in a  summersault.

“If the driver wasn’t on high speed, the accident might not have occurred or it could have been mild.

“It’s unfortunate that most times, you see drivers competing on the roads for no just cause but only to put their lives and those of their passengers at risk.

“We always advise that drivers should adhere to stipulated speed limits as provided for all categories of vehicles.

“They should always endeavour to conduct routine checks on their vehicles, including tyres before embarking on any journey and avoid the use of second-hand tyres,” he said.

In another development, police in Ondo State say they have arrested two 35-year-old serial kidnappers, Olaoye Oluwatosin and Taiwo Olamide.

The suspects allegedly kidnapped three persons in Ofosu, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State between 2021 and 2022.

Police spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, paraded the duo before newsmen on Tuesday in Akure.

Odunlami said they kidnapped one Mrs. Folasade Akinloye from her shop at Ofosu on Aug. 28, 2022, at 10:40 p.m. using an ash colour Toyota Camry with registration number AKD 797 AP.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspects were also responsible for the kidnap of one Mrs. Folasade Akinselure on July 13, 2021, and that of Ms. Stella Stephen on March 9, 2022.

“They confessed to committing the crime. The victims were rescued unhurt.

“Police also recovered the Toyota Camry car and two cutlasses the suspects used in committing the crime from them,’’ Odunlami said.

She assured me that the suspects would be arraigned after further investigation.

Odunlami also told newsmen that the police arrested one Adesina Shittu of Aule in Akure for theft and for faking his own kidnap.

She explained that a complainant reported to the police that he gave a Bajaj tricycle valued at N1.6 million to Shittu for use as a commercial vehicle.

Shittu was supposed to be delivering N4,000 to the complainant on daily basis.

“Three days later, Shittu called the complainant and claimed that he was kidnapped and that the complainant should assist him to pay the ransom to secure his release.

“During the investigation, the forensic analysis showed that the suspect was in Badagry, Lagos State and not at Igoba in Akure where he claimed he was being held hostage,’’ she said.

Odunlami said Shittu was arrested with the tricycle and taken back to Akure.

Shittu would also be arraigned soon, the police spokesperson assured.


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