By Austin Ogwuda
SECTOR Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Luka Ikpi, who was oblivious of the accident which roasted 22 passengers at Emuhu, near Umunede on Monday when contacted, yesterday, claimed that only one passenger died.
And in reaction, Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHRD, has called for enforcement of travellers’ manifest for easy identity of passengers, particularly when they are burnt beyond recognition. Ikimi had told our reporter, yesterday, when he contacted him that he was yet to be briefed about the accident.
FJHRD in a statement, said “we offer our sympathy to the families of victims of the bus accident, which occurred at Umunede during the yuletide. Interviewee claimed that over 20 persons were roasted alive in the said inferno that resulted from the accident whereas men of the FRSC, who were not present at the scene but were apparently observing the yuletide had erroneously claimed one dead.”
“We disagree with the men of the FRSC on the figure of the dead and we call on them to strictly enforce the observance of passengers manifest in our public motor parks henceforth”.
Fresh fact said that the Hummer Jeep which the bus was trying to overtake fell into the bush but was later pulled out. It was not clear whether someone was injured in that vehicle.
The accident involved a Toyota Urvan bus bearing the inscription “The Young Motors” with registration number Lagos XW 308 MUS which heading towards the east occurred on Monday afternoon.
Eyewitness told our reporter at the scene of the incident that the bus which was over loaded caught fire after losing control and hit the pavement resulting to the bus bursting into flames, adding that there was no survivor.