Our Reporter, with Agency Report
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Imo State, South East Nigeria, has returned the sum of N1.3 million and other personal effects to families of victims of a road crash which occurred Wednesday.
FRSC’s Unit Head for Ngor-Okpala council area, Mrs Angela Fagbemide handed over the items at the corps divisional office at the council area, on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two fully loaded 18-seater buses, on Wednesday, collided along the Ngor-Okpala axis of the Owerri–Aba expressway, leaving three persons dead and others injured.
Ikengaonline reports that the ever-busy Aba-Owerri highway is begging for dualisation considering the heavy traffic flow on the road but the Federal Government has refused to give attention to it.
The road just like most of the federal and of course state roads in the zone has been a death trap due to its deplorable condition following decades of gross neglect.
One of the lanes of the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway has completely collapsed for lack of attention.
Fagbemide, a Deputy Corps Commander, said the items were recovered by his officers who provided immediate rescue to victims at the scene of the accident.
She said that the cash sum of N1.2 million was returned to one of the victims while N47,500 was returned to another.
According to her, valuables including international travel documents, certificates and a bag containing footwear and clothing were also returned.
“It was a case of high impact head-on collision, as one of the bus drivers veered off his lane and blocked the approach of the other driver coming from an opposite direction, leading to the collision.
“Our men rushed 11 victims to a nearby hospital where two persons were confirmed dead. Two others are still receiving treatment at the hospital whereas the families of the others have transferred them to hospitals closer to where they reside.
“Seven persons were rushed to the Federal University Teaching Hospital, Owerri, and are receiving treatment, some with minor injuries have been discharged ,“ she said.
She advised motorists to obey driving rules so as to avoid accidents, especially as the year end and its accompanying festivities approach.
A family member of one of the victims, Miss Chiamaka Emerenwa, thanked the FRSC for rallying support to the victims and prayed God to comfort the bereaved and grant the injured persons speedy recovery.