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Police lament high rate of auto crashes

By Albert Akpor

LAGOS — THE Lagos Police Command has expressed concern over what it described as “alarming rate of death arising from motor accidents in Lagos metropolis” in the wake of auto crashes which claimed five lives which were attributed to the drivers’ recklessness.

The Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, yesterday said most of the accidents occurred between Friday and Saturday and advised motorists especially private car owners to be cautious while driving.

He said investigation had shown that most of the crashes were alcohol-induced, saying: “To drive while drunk is an express road to one’s grave. All road users are advised to excise caution on highways and to obey all traffic regulations.”

Giving details of how the accidents occurred, Mba said: “On April 16, at about 10.00 p.m., one Olumide Ogunkoya, a driver of a Honda Accord car marked EA 156 KRD ran into a stationary 911 truck with number plate XN 441 BDG at Obanikoro along Ikorudu road. Olumide died on the spot.

“Secondly, at about 11.40 pm, a Nissan Primera car with number plate PR 346 KJA driven by one Adebola Arabambi ran over a pedestrian identified as Efema Sunday somewhere at Meran junction. The victim died on the spot.”

Mbah said all the victims had been deposited in public mortuary for autopsy, adding that all the cases were under investigation.


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