By Ola Ajayi
FIVE soldiers and one other passenger were crushed to death last Tuesday in a fatal motor accident that occurred on the dreaded Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Eight other passengers were said to have been seriously injured.
The accident happened around Sagamu area when a fully loaded luxury bus coming from Lagos collided with the vehicle conveying the soldiers.
Confirming the incident, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Lt. Colonel Andrew Idachaba, said the accident was as a result of a head-on-collision with a luxury bus owned by Chisco motors.
Speaking further on the unfortunate accident, the Army PRO added that the driver of the bus ran away after the accident.
The soldiers, he explained, were those on routine patrol of pipeline products when the ugly incident happened.
He explained further that the bus just decided to face the traffic from Ibadan and rammed into the vehicle which conveyed the soldiers and killed five of them.
Commiserating with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Abdul Raham Dambazzau, the Oyo State Governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala in a condolence message to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2nd Mechanized Division, Ibadan, on Wednesday described the death of the soldiers as a rude shock.
The governor said it was shocking to learn that the soldiers died on active duty, adding that they were watching over the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines.