No fewer than 18 persons were feared dead in an accident involving two Mazda buses and Previa bus around Isara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan express road.
This is contained in a statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) , Bisi Kazeem on Sunday in Abuja.
Kazeem said the accident which happened around 10:20pm after the Isara bridge involved about 25 persons.
He explained that the accident was caused by Road Traffic Violation (RTV) with over speeding which led to a multiple and fatal accident thereafter.
According to him, out of the 25 people involved in the accident, six males, one Female and one male child were identied while 17 others are unidentified.
“The collision of the two Mazda buses with unidentified colours and registration numbers with the Previa bus, resulted in a explosion which involved all the three vehicles.
“However, seven out of the two Mazda buses on the right lane survived while others were caught up in the inferno and got burnt beyond recognition.
“And those in the Previa bus which had assumedly committed the road traffic violation got burnt beyond recognition, ” he said.
Kazeem said that four more charred bodies were found while clearing the obstructions, adding that an unburnt body was also found on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway opposite the crash scene.
He said that obstructions had been cleared and traffic diversion closed, and that free flow of traffic had been restored.
He quoted the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi as saying that motorists should avoid night travels, adding that life had no duplicate, hence the need to drive with caution.
Oyeyemi said that road traffic violations and speed, heightened the spate and fatalities of road traffic crashes during night travels.
He advised all road users to endeavour to drive safely to save the lives of other road users by adhering to all road traffic rules and regulations.
The FRSC boss assured that the corps was working effectively to ensure a significant shift in the attitude of motorists and all road users across the country. .
Eleven persons lost their lives to a multiple auto crash near Isara Bridge, Ogere, off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday night.
Seven other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries in the inferno that resulted from the accident.
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the figures of the accident victims to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abeokuta.
Umar stated that the accident, which occurred at 10.35 p.m. involved two Mazda buses and a car and was caused by excessive speeding.
He added that the affected vehicles and the dead were burnt beyond identification and recognition.
Six of the seven injured persons were taken to a hospital at Ogere for treatment, while the seventh person was taken to Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan, also in Ogun for treatment.
Umaru said the injured are five male adults, one female adult and a male child.
“Motorists are advised to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and also cooperate with traffic managers,’’ he admonished.
Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Saturday afternoon stunned the mammoth crowd at the Awka Township Stadium with a dramatic comeback to a 2-2 draw with Rangers Int’l of Enugu in the Match Day 36 encounter.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first 45 minutes with Rangers also Flying Antelopes having a number of near goal situations with no much anxious moment in their goal area.
Rangers FC broke the deadlock in the 46th minute through Shedrack Asiegbu, just at the resumption of play in the second half and in the 55th minute later through Chidiebere Nwobodo.
The Ibadan based side popularly known as Oluyole Warriors fought back through Moses Omoduemuke who scored in the 73rd and 88th minutes.
The comeback sent the excited Awka fans into a sudden chill while some of them had to leave the stadium before the final whistle.
The enraged fans including some veteran Rangers int’l said the way the team surrendered a comfortable 2-0 lead within 15 minutes called the technical judgment of Coach Abdul Maikaba to question.
Nwakaibeya Anene said, the Rangers spirit was already building up in Awka but the draws from their last two games especially when they were winning was a bad to pay fans for their loyalty.
“First half was good, we defended very well even when we lost chances to score but the game changed after we scored, our defense collapsed, that was why we conceded the goals.
“We even told the coach to play one of our best defenders but he sent him back, the draw was unnecessary, our players were uninspiring,” he said.
Reacting to their performance in the game, Isiaka Mutiu said it was a product of determination and belief in God.
“It is God, I must be honest with you because we can’t explain; all we know is that we put in every effort we could.
“Our general manager told us to believe in ourselves, that everything is possible and thank God we got that all important point.
Agoye Olumide, coach of Shooting Stars said the draw was a product from their game in Ibadan last week when Abia Warriors who came back from 0-2 to draw level.
He said the Awka stadium pitch also brought out the best in his players as it made for free flowing football with no misbehaviour.
“The pitch was good for us, very good, if you don’t know how to play football, this pitch can help you,” he said.
Two late goals by Moses Omoduemuke ensured visiting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan drew 2-2 with Rangers International of Enugu on Saturday in Awka.
The home draw meant the hosts failed to gain valuable ground on their 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rivals in the race for the competition’s third position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omoduemuke’s 73rd and 88th minutes goals cancelled out strikes by Shedrack Asiegbu and Chidiebere in the 46th and 55th minutes respectively.
The result meant Rangers stayed fourth on the log behind Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne in third place, with each of them on 53 points.
This may mean that the 1977 African Cup Winners Cup champions may not be having a return next season to the competition now known as the CAF Confederation Cup.
Remo Stars are likely to build a gap when they host fifth-placed Enyimba International of Aba on Sunday, while Enyimba can even leapfrog Rangers if they win in Ikenne.
Sixth-placed Kwara United who host Nasarawa United of Lafia on Sunday in Ilorin can do same if they win.
Eighth-placed Akwa United of Uyo can move up if they beat hosts Wikki Tourists on Sunday too.
Seventh-placed Sunshine Stars of Akure seem to be out of the reckoning for now, after a 0-1 loss to hosts Heartland Football Club of Owerri who are in the 18th place.
Abia Warriors of Umuahia did their campaign a lot of good with a 3-2 win over Gombe United, while Dakkada FC beat visiting Katsina FC 2-0 in Uyo.
Other Match Day 36 fixtures slated for Sunday will see title winners Rivers United of Port Harcourt hosting Kano Pillars, while MFM FC of Lagos will host Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Second-placed Plateau United of Jos should have their hands full as they host relegation-threatened Lobi Stars of Makurdi.
But knowing a win will cement their position and the 20222023 CAF Champions League ticket, there may be no surprises.
Eminent personalities and scores of sympathizers on Friday thronged the Ibadan residence of the late Chief Akanni Aluko, a renowned business mogul and philanthropist, to condole with his family members.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Kofoworola Aluko, wife of the deceased, broke the news of her husband’s death on Friday in Ibadan.NAN reports that Aluko died few days before his 79 years birthday on July 22 during a protracted illness at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.He was the Publisher of the defunct Third Eye Newspapers.Among the early callers included the Chief (Mrs) Mutiat Ladoja, the Agbaakin-Iyalode of Ibadanland; Mr Muyiwa Ige, former Commissioner for Lands in Osun; Chief Esho Martins and Bolanle Salami.Others were the Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Diocese, Arch. Gabriel Abegunrin and hosts of other sympathisers.Ige, son of the late Attorney- General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, described Aluko as a great man whose wonderful monthly text messages would be missed.“A great man has transisted to the great beyond. We will miss your wonderful monthly text messages.“May God grant your soul sweet repose and may He comfort the rest of the family. Rest on baba daadaa. RIP Daddy,” Ige wrote in his condolence message at Aluko’s house.Also, Salami described Aluko as, “a great and wonderful daddy, Heaven has gained a blessed and beautiful son in his death.”NAN reports that Aluko died eight years after the death of his friend and confidant, late Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao.NewsSourceCredit: NAN