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Auto accidents kill 8 during Sallah

By Ifeanyi Okolie  & Kayus Olorioke
Six fatal accidents occurred at different locations in Lagos State during the two-day Sallah celebrations with no fewer than eight recorded deaths.

The accidents occurred at Festac, Victoria Island, Isheri, Maroko, Shasha and Bariga areas of the state. They also left many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Vanguard gathered that on November 16, at about 9p.m., a Toyota Sienna car driven by one Ogunbayo Adebayo, ran over five pedestrians at Kuramo Beach Junction, Victoria Island.  The victims were hospitalised, while one of them was confirmed dead few hours later.

Similarly, at Isheri a BMW car with number plate CW 240 SMK driven by one Kazeem Odebiyi, ran over one Afeez Ajani as he was crossing the road along Iba Expressway. The incident occurred around 9.30p.m. and the victim died later in a nearby hospital.

At Maroko area, a Toyota Jeep, number plate JA 478 EKY driven by one Isaac Ojigwe, ran over a motorcyclist, Babangida Mohammed, and his passenger, Yaya Goni, at Civic Centre junction along Epe expressway around 12.30p.m. the same day. The victims were hospitalised, but the passenger later died.

At Shasha area, a tricyclist, Keke Marwa, operator, one Dare Akinsara, had a head-on-collision with a Mercedes Benz car with number plate FD 258 LSR at Odo Bus stop, along Shasha. The tricyclist was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later confirmed dead.

3 pedestrians hit

In Bariga, a yet-to-be-identified motorist ran over an unidentified motorcyclist and three pedestrians at Gbagada along Oshodi-Oworo expressway.   The pedestrians died on the spot while the motorcyclist is receiving treatment in the hospital.  On the following day at Festac area of the state, a Coaster bus, with number plate AA 487 DED, driven by one Ahmed Salawudeen, ran over a motorcyclist, one Elon Chibueze, along Badagry expressway who later died in the hospital.

Police move in

The scenes have been visited by traffic policemen from the respective Police stations and the corpses removed to public mortuary for autopsy.

Confirming the accidents, Lagos State Police spokesman, Frank Mba, advised all road users to exercise care especially during festive periods. He also advised drivers to avoid drinking while driving throughout these ember months.


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