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8 persons die in Jos road accident; 3 die, 4 injured in Niger auto crash



Auto crash claims 5 lives, injures 3 in Kogi – FRSC; Tragedy as 11 die in Bauchi auto crash

 … As Road Safety says gridlock persists at Koton Karfe, Kogi, after flood ***

Eight persons have died in a road traffic crash involving a Toyota Hiace bus and a Honda Pilot jeep in Jos.

RC Peter Langsan, the Public Education Officer of the Plateau Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday in Jos.

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According to him, the accident occurred on Saturday evening along Lamingo road in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

Longsan, who attributed the crash to speeding, explained that two other persons were severely injured in the crash.

“The crash involved two vehicles with 10 persons all onboard, out of which eight including three males, four females and one minor died while two others sustained injuries.

“The injured persons currently receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), while the remains of the deceased were deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.

“The unfortunate incident happened as a result of excessive speed by one of the drivers, which led to the loss of control and eventual head-on collusion of the two vehicles,” he explained.

The public enlightenment officer advised motorists to desist from speeding, pointing out that excessive speed could lead to deaths and serious injuries when road traffic crashes occur.

In the same vein, three persons were killed, while four others sustained injuries in an auto crash at Gunu village in Munya Local Government Area of Niger on Friday.

Sector Commander of the FRSC in Niger, Mr Kumar Tsukwam, told the newsmen in Minna on Sunday that the accident involved a commercial bus and a saloon car.

“Seven persons were involved in the accident; three of them died, while four others sustained injuries.

“The dead and the injured were taken away by their family members.

“The vehicles were handed over to the police at Munya Divisional Police Office,’’ he said.

Tsukwam blamed the accident on excessive speeding and loss of control on the part of one of the drivers and advised motorists to always observe speed limits to avoid crashes.

In another development, traffic gridlock occasioned by massive flooding at Koton Karfe on the Abuja-Lokoja Highway is thinning out, Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Dauda Biu has said.

FRSC spokesman, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, quoted Biu as saying on Sunday that the water level had continued to recede at the flooded portions of the road in Koton Karfe, Kogi.

He said in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday that another broken-down truck was towed off the road on Sunday, while traffic had been moving under the guidance and control of FRSC operatives.

The military, FRSC and Civil Defence towed two articulated trucks that combined with the flood to render the road impassable away from the road on Saturday.

The trucks, one with an NNPC inscription on it, and another articulated vehicle, broke down almost adjacent each other at Koton-Karfe on Friday resulting in a total blockage of the flooded highway.

Kazeem stated that as at Sunday, trucks are being passed in turns with priority given to 150 trucks heading to Abuja.

“Palliative measures are being taken in conjunction with the National Union of Road Transport Workers to cover deep potholes with stones to enhance freer movement.

“The queue of trucks outbound Abuja which stretched up to Gegu on the highway has reduced to Gapa, close to Koton Karfe,’’ he stated.

Kazeem quoted Biu as still pleading with road users, particularly truck drivers to use alternative routes to further reduce the Koton Karfe-Lokoja gridlock.






Tragedy: 2 die in early morning accident in Akure



Tragedy: 2 die in early morning accident in Akure

Tragedy struck at dawn on Wednesday in Akure, when a commercial motorcyclist conveying a passenger to the hospital crashed into a stationary truck resulting in the death of the two.

The accident, which occurred at 5.45 a.m., on the Airport Road, Oba-Ile in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, later attracted motorists, commercial motorcyclists, and passersby who gathered to mourn the loss.

A source, who did not want his name mentioned, told the newsmen that the accident occurred opposite the residence of Chief Olu Falae in Akure.

The source said that a truck owned by a block-making industry broke down beside the road two days ago, but was not moved.

“The commercial motorcyclist who was coming from the Oba-Ile axis and going to Akure at full speed hit the stationary vehicle,” the source said.

Another source said that the commercial motorcyclist came to Oba-Ile from Akure to convey a passenger, who was ill, to the hospital before the tragedy occurred.

“The commercial motorcyclist was one of our colleagues living in Akure. He came to pick up a brother, who had been sick for some time, to the hospital.

“The motorcycle did not have any lights and the rider only used a touch to illuminate the darkness before the accident happened

“The commercial motorcyclist and his passenger died on the spot after hitting the truck in spite of the ‘C caution’ and some blocks placed on the road,” the source said.

SP Olufunmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ondo State, who confirmed the incident, said that the corpses had been deposited at the morgue at the specialist hospital, Akure.

Odunlami-Omisanya advised motorists to always exercise caution whenever they were behind the wheel.

“What happened was that the stationary vehicle was parked on the roadside because it had a mechanical fault. It was the commercial motorcyclist that ran into the vehicle.

“Everybody needs to be careful. I cannot, however, confirm whether the motorcyclist was at high speed or not,” the PPRO said.

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1 shot as Police, Traders Clash in Lagos Alaba Rago Market



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One person was on Tuesday shot, during a clash between police and traders at Alaba Rago market, in Ojo area of Lagos State.

Eye witness told the Maritime First that trouble started after police officers from Okokomaiko Division stormed the market to effect the arrest of a suspect and were resisted by traders.

The police it learnt, felt taken aback by traders bent on preventing them from carrying out what they saw as legitimate duty.

The din and din-dong had actually continued, and this eventually resulted into a violent clash, during which one person sustained a gunshot injury.

The Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said that the police, who went to the market to arrest a suspect, shot in a bid to retreat from the attack.

“The policemen of Okokomaiko Division today went into Alaba Rago market to effect arrest of a suspect but came under heavy attack from a large number of traders.

“In a bid to tactically retreat from the armed mob attack, one of the officers fired his weapon, resulting in a fatal injury to one of the attackers.

“A detailed investigation has commenced into the immediate and remote causes of the incident,” he said.

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One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident



One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident
One dead, another rescued with injury in Lagos tanker accident- Maritime First Newspaper

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service says one person died and another rescued with injury from a fallen tanker at Otto Wharf Bus Stop, Apapa – Oshodi Expressway, Mile 2, Lagos.

The Director of the service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, confirmed the incident, on Sunday.

Adeseye said that the incident happened at about 4:02 a.m. on Sunday involving a 45,000 litres tanker loaded with diesel, heading towards Oshodi from Apapa area.

She said that the tanker on motion reportedly fell on a stationed towing van while negotiating its way out of barriers introduced by unidentified tolls collectors on Apapa road.

“The resultant accident was mitigated by the Sari-Iganmu fire crew of the service. However, two male adults were involved. One was rescued alive with varying degrees of injury to the nearest hospital and the other recovered dead,” she said.

The Director said the tanker and towing van have been evacuated from the road.

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