Three persons were crushed to death when an unidentified driver of a commercial blue Scania truck with registration number: LSD697YD and an unidentified driver of a commercial blue/white Mistibuchi L300 bus with registration number: LEH596XA collided.
The fatal crash occurred at the Onitsha head bridge by Asaba-Onitsha Expressway on Friday.
It was gathered that 10 people comprising, six male adults and four female adults, were involved in the crash. While three persons, two males and one female died on the spot, three females were injured.
According to an eyewitness, the victims were pedestrians walking down the bridge.
The rescue team of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Onitsha, took the victims to a hospital, where the three persons were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty and their corpses deposited at the hospital morgue.
Confirming the accident on behalf of the sector commander, the acting Sector Public Education Officer, FRSC in Anambra, Margaret Onabe, said the injured victims were currently receiving treatment.
Onabe attributed the probable cause of the fatal crash to break failure and mechanical deficiency.
She said, “The truck developed fault and broke down on the bridge. On sighting a towing van towing another vehicle out of the bridge. The driver of the truck sensed that the towing truck might come back later to tow his vehicle, he quickly moved his vehicle without fixing the defect.
“The driver moved the vehicle and the brake failed on the bridge, lost control and rammed into pedestrians who were walking down the bridge, killing three persons instantly, while three others sustained injuries.
“The vehicle kept moving and on getting to the place where Ojukwu statue was erected, it finally collided with a bus going towards Asaba and crashed. The driver took to his heels thereafter.
“As of the time of filing this report, the rescue team on the ground are managing traffic, there was no obstruction caused by the crash, there is normal traffic flow, efforts are being made to tow the vehicles to the police station.”
The Sector Commander, Anambra State, Corps Commander Adeoye Irelewuyi, wished the injured victims quick recovery, while sympathising with the families of the dead victims and prayed for the repose of their souls.
He urged motorists to ensure they service and maintain their vehicles regularly to minimum safety standards before plying the road.
“It Is The Turn Of Ndi Enugu” – Frank To Residents As APGA Storms More Markets In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Enugu State, on Thursday charged traders in Ogbete and Afia 9 markets, Enugu, to take ownership of the next government in Enugu State by voting in APGA in the forthcoming election.
Nweke who told traders and buyers that APGA’s mission was to liberate the State from the shackles of bad governance unleashed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reiterated the history of the APGA as one founded on the Igbo principle of shared prosperity with the great Odumegwu Ojukwu as a founding father.
In agreement with the concerns raised by the people, Nweke noted the absence of potable water, rising insecurity, non-payment of salaries and pensions, unavailability of jobs and the deepening economic crisis under the PDP-led administration.
He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to tackling the issues that directly affect them and urged them to become a part of the process by ensuring that they refuse to sell their votes to the highest bidders.
“When you sell your votes, you have given looters your own position in the government and you will lose your voice for the next four years. It is your turn to be in government. APGA will make the government house the People’s Building” Nweke said.
Several residents, traders and buyers alike present in the market spoke with hope and a firm resolve to see a new future in Enugu under APGA.
An octogenarian who said he worked together with former President Obasanjo at 58 Ibadan Street Ebute-Metta West, as the head of Electrical Engineering in his Department, said that God will remove all the obstacles from Nweke’s way if he is the Lord’s anointed.
“I was shuttling between Lagos and Abuja when Frank Nweke Jr served as Minister and for me personally, his antecedents made me want him to serve as Governor. We elders are praying that God should crown someone with conscience. I pray that God removes all obstacles from Frank Nweke Jr in Jesus’ name,” he prayed.
Ogechi Godfrey, Chinonso Uzoma and Okey Morocco expressed unflinching support for Nweke whom they said is their choice as Governor due to his simplicity, honesty and good track record.
Madam Joy, a clothes retailer, said that the market women group she belongs to had been pressured to join the PDP, but that they have remained resilient. She therefore affirmed her total support for Nweke stressing that the APGA flag bearer is their own.
Charity Njoku, a trader said she knows APGA flag bearer as a man with a kind heart and that he is the sort of person that will bring the change that many have thought impossible.
Ms. Ofoka, a fruit seller and Ginika Mbah a meat seller expressed support for Frank Nweke Jr adding that with him as Governor, a big change in Enugu State would be evident.
“Frank Nweke Jr should remember us when he gets to office as Governor. He should provide water and power for us. He is one of us, so we are solidly behind him,” said Ms. Onyekperem.
APGA’s Frank Nweke Jr At Ugwu Peak
“The power we seek is to secure the future for our children here”
Kunie! Ka anyi dozie Enugu.
Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics And Development In Igboland
The big day is tomorrow!
The Igbo identity is gradually morphing into an entity without the will or propulsion to claim what is rightfully ours.
Join Frank Nweke Jr tomorrow from 11am as he shares his perspectives on Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics and Development in Igboland.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Venue: Princess Alexandra Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Get ready for deep introspection and a rousing call to restore a lost glory.