Two persons had been burnt beyond recognition, while three others sustained injuries when a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS or petrol) exploded at Ilo-Awela Junction, at Toll-Gate area on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Ogun Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, said that the incident happened at about 1.30 a.
m. on Thursday.
Umar explained that the tanker laden with PMS was ascending from Ilo-Awela to Toll-Gate area, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, when it lost control due to mechanical fault, fell in the process and went into flame.
The sector commander said that a total of 12 vehicles, comprising three luxurious buses, four tricycles, three motorcycles and a yellow bus, were involved in the unfortunate incident.
Umar said that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at State Hospital, Ota, while the survivors, including two males and a female, are also receiving treatment at the same hospital.
He said that the personnel of Fire Service was contacted immediately and the area had been cordoned to prevent any secondary crash.
The sector commander said that the FRSC personnel and other sister agencies were on ground to control traffic gridlock and to ease free flow of traffic in the area.
He advised tanker owners to install safety valves and ensure that their vehicles were in condition before putting them on the road to avert unnecessary mishaps.
Umar commiserated with the familes of those who lost their lives and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Two persons were confirmed dead while four others sustained injuries in an accident involving a Nissan Cabster and a Mack truck at Iyana Egbado, Itori on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway on Saturday.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Umar noted that the crash occurred at 6:00 a.
m and it involved a Cabster marked KTU 142 XH and a truck with registration number T-12736 LA.
The sector commander explained that the Nissan vehicle rammed into the stationary truck which had a flat tyre.
He added that a total of seven men were involved in the accident, of which four were injured, two dead while one person was unhurt.
Umar said the deceased persons and injured victims were taken to General Hospital, Ifo for appropriate attention.
The sector commander commiserated with the family of the crash victims and enjoined them to contact FRSC Itori command for more information about the crash.
He advised motorists to avoid indiscriminate parking of vehicles by the road side, adding that “If there’s a break down, proper placement of road signs should be put in order to alert incoming vehicles.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, on Wednesday said it had deployed 125 personnel to ease traffic on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Ahmed Umar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun. Umar said the deployment of the personnel had become necessary due to the ongoing construction work by Julius Berger on the expressway.
He added that the command had also deployed towing trucks for quick response to any break down or emergency, which might disrupt the free flow of traffic.
He explained that patrol vehicles from Abeokuta and Sagamu were on ground to boost the operation of its personnel and check the excesses of drivers.
“We are appealing to motorists to exercise patience and adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations as the expressway will soon get better,” he said.
Umar also said the FRSC was collaborating with the Police to apprehend motorists driving against traffic in order to prevent avoidable crashes.
The sector commander enjoined motorists to drive cautiously and cooperate with traffic managers to reduce the time spent in the gridlock.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday said its members in the nation’s tertiary institutions would continue to occupy major highways in protest against the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
They spoke one after the other at Sagamu interchange on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during their protest against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students had on Tuesday morning blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, protesting against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
NAN reports that the students in their hundreds, demanded the immediate end to the strike, which had entered its seventh month.
The situation left many motorists plying the road stranded with their passengers.
All entreaties to the aggrieved students by motorists and commuters did not yield any result as NANS members insisted that they would not leave the road until their demands were met by the Federal Government.
Addressing journalists at the scene, Mr Afeez Akinteye, the National Vice-President, NANS External Affairs, said: “Our demand is not new; it is for the government to end the ASUU strike now.
“We have had enough of this.
We started the protest today; we will continue until the strike is called off.
“We don’t want to know how they will do it, because government has the money and the power.
“We are just interested in going back to the classrooms, they should fund education and end the ASUU strike.
“With the new leadership of NANS, it is not going to be business as usual,” Akinteye said.
He said the protest would be continuous, adding that students were ready to give it all it takes to go back to the classrooms.
“We have packed our loads from our homes and we are now ready for this struggle until the strike is called off.
“Over 500 of us from various universities nationwide are staging this protest, saying ‘End ASUU strike permanently,” Akinteye said.
Also, Mr Elvis Ekundina, the NANS Deputy Senate President, said that students would continue to block all the federal roads until the government resolve the issues with ASUU.
Ekundina said that quick action should be taken to enable the students to return to the classrooms, saying that they were most affected with the current faceoff between the Federal Government and ASUU.
Commenting, Mr Damilola Simeon, a NANS member, said that students were in support of proper funding of the nation’s educational sector.
Simeon appealed to the Federal Government to pay all the outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers.
”We are not in support of the policy of ‘No Work No Pay,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun, told NAN that his men were on top of traffic management at the location.
“FRSC in Ogun wishes to inform the motoring public on the ongoing protest on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, around Sagamu interchange down to Makun City. “Motorists are advised to use alternative routes to avoid unnecessary delay base on the issue on ground.
“FRSC operatives and other sister organisations are fully on ground managing the situation,” he said.
Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN expressed displeasure over the situation, saying that the action had led to a heavy gridlock on the expressway.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, has advised tanker owners to install safety valves and adhere to simple traffic regulations to avoid preventable mishaps on the highways.
The Sector Commander, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun, on Saturday.
Umar spoke while reacting to the tanker ladened with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which exploded and razed 10 buildings at about 7.00 a.
m. in Matogun area of Ifo Local Government of the state.
The tanker exploded and burnt 10 houses but no life was lost.
He noted that the tragedy would have been averted if the tanker driver adhered to average speed limit.
“We are appealing to tanker owners to install safety valves to prevent the contents from leaking on the roads when crash occurs.
“In addition, the drivers should install speed limit device and reduce their speed, especially during this ember months to stem road crashes,” he said.
The commander implored tanker owners to ensure that their vehicles were properly maintained before putting them on the highways.
He cautioned youths against scooping petroleum on the roads when such explosion occurred, to prevent terrible disaster.
Umar also emphasized the need for tanker drivers to embrace safety culture to stem road crashes.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command on Saturday warned motorists against excessive speeding and night travelling, to stem road crashes during the Ember Months.
The FRSC sector commander, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun,Umar noted that speeding, night travelling and nonchalant attitude of the drivers were the major causes of crashes during the Ember Months.
The sector commander said that the erroneous belief that the evil in the ember months caused crashes was not trueUmar noted that the increase in mobility, activities and movement of people also caused some of the crashes during the period.
”This is because festivities like Christmas and the New year celebration is associated with the ember months,” he said.
Umar noted that there were also increased activities such as wedding and coronation, mostly shifted towards the end of the year.
“The increase in mobility in addition to bad condition of roads also lead to crashes during the ember months.
“Because of all these, people believe that the ember months are evils and this is not true,” he said.
Umar advised motorists to continue to obey traffic rules and regulations, avoid speeding as well as night travelling to stem road crashes during the ember months.
The year’s campaign is “Avoid speeding, overloading and use safety tyres to alight safely at different destinations.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed the death of three persons in an accident involving a Toyota Matrix and a Howo Sino truck at Oniworo axis on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta, said the crash occured at 5:50pm.
The sector commander explained that the auto crash was caused by over speed and tyre burst which led to loss of control on the part of the Toyota Matrix.
He added that the Toyota Matrix with registration number WWD 621 AE rammed into the stationary truck marked GGE 614 XN.
The FRSC boss explained that nine people were involved in the accident who are all males, adding that four of them were injured while three died.
He said that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere for treatment while the deceased were deposited at FOS morgue, Isara.
The sector commander sympathized with families of the victims, advising motorists to always carry out routine checks to ascertain the conditions of their vehicles.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has cautioned motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway against violating traffic rules.
The Sector Commander, Mr Ahmed Umar gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota on Sunday.
He expressed worry that some motorists plying the expressway violated the one-way restriction.
”This attitude is causing heavy traffic jam on the road, causing road users to spend long hours on the road.
”Route violation by motorists not only causes traffic jams, it makes our work more difficult.
”We urge motorists to desist from driving against the traffic.
They should avoid route violation and strictly obey traffic rules,” he said.
He said that accidents and gridlock could be avoided if motorists and other road users obeyed traffic rules.
”The ongoing construction work by Julius Berger is actually affecting traffic flow on the expressway.
We don’t have to compound it.
”Motorists need to be patient.
The road has been demarcated and the lanes narrowed.
”We need patience and cooperation with FRSC personnel for effective traffic flow,” he said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has trained 29 intelligence operatives of the corps on diligent intelligence gathering, processing and sharing of information for effective national security.
Speaking at the workshop in Abeokuta on Friday, Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, said that the essence of the workshop was to sharpen the proficiency of the intelligence operatives.
He explained that the training would address the challenges faced by the unit in reporting and correcting abnormalities noticed in line of operation across the state.
He added that they were also being trained on how to improve the collaboration with other security agencies.
“Intelligence is all about information; the information they have they share with other agencies, it may be related to traffic or not.
“The training has to do with reporting, receiving very good and critical information and if you don’t evaluate it and pass it on, it becomes irrelevant”, he said.
He commended sister security agencies in the state for continued collaboration towards ensuring safety and protection of lives of the residents both on the roads and at homes.
“We collaborate with them in so many areas , we occasionally organise a joint special operation, where they give us support”, he said.
The sector commander charged the participants to learn from the training so as to continue to exhibit utmost professionalism and integrity in the discharge of their duties.
Three persons were confirmed dead while three others sustained injuries in a lone accident involving a Toyota Corolla car at Siun on the Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.
Umar explained that the accident occurred at 3:20 p.
m on Thursday.
He said that the accident was caused by excessive speed, which led to loss of control.
Umar said that the driver of the Corolla marked LAR 551 TQ off the road and ran into trees and cable wires.
” A total of six people were involved which comprised three men, two women and a female child.
” Three people were injured which were two men and a woman, while a man , a woman and a child died in the accident,” he said.
The FRSC boss added that the injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the deceased were deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.
The sector commander cautioned motorists on speed violations.
He commiserated with the families of the crash victims and enjoined them to contact FRSC Sagamu for more information.