Friday, December 28, 2018


The Christmas  witnessed a sad side in Ogun State as an accident left two persons dead after being knocked down by careless drivers commonly referred to as  “hit-and-run drivers”.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on 26th confirmed the death of two persons in Ogun State, just as it urged road users to be cautious on the road during yuletide.


The hit-and-run victims were a middle-aged man found by the roadside directly opposite Christopher University, around Redemption Camp and Sagamu Interchange; and a mangled body, whose gender could not be ascertained at the Magboro/MFM end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Both bodies were ran over and left mutilated by vehicles.

Spokesperson for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a statement Wednesday, urged anyone whose relation was missing to approach the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mowe Unit Command, Ogun State, for identification of the recovered bodies.

“The attention of the FRSC Mowe Unit Command has been drawn to the body picked up by NEMA for recovery so that relations could have easy access to the body at the Unit Command. NEMA is also calling on the Public Health Officials and authority of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area to expedient action in quick removal of the mangled body in view of public health implications if unattended to fast.

“NEMA is appealing to motorists to exercise caution when driving as objects or human can cross the road at anytime. People are urged to avoid drinking alcohol in as much as they need to drive. The observance of limit driving is meant to safeguard both road users and pedestrians,’’ he said.

In another development, Farinloye said two different accidents occurred on the long bridge and at Kara-Isheri in Ogun State. “On the long bridge, a lorry with registration number SMK 550XN laden with iron wire crashed on a 24-seater bus with registration number LSR 653 XT.

“One middle-aged woman and a man sustained injuries but were treated on initial First Aid by NEMA and FRSC officials before being taken to Accidents and Emergency Medical Centre at Lagos Toll Gate, by 7Up.

“Also another 14-seater Lagos painted commercial bus with full passengers with registration number SMK 349 XR lost its brake at Kara-Isheri, Ogun State and hit a commercial motorcyclist. The cyclist sustained minor injury,’’ he said.

He added that the agency was using the opportunity to appeal to beach revelers and other fun seekers to exercise and observe utmost caution and keep an `eagle eye’ on their children for their safety.

“Beach and swimming pools’ operators are enjoined to be vigilant and ensure their rescuers are on beach and swimming pools side at all times in case of emergencies,’’ he said.

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