By EVELYN USMAN & DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA – Less than 24 hours after two accidents involving 39 persons occurred in Sango and Mowe areas of Ogun State, another fatal crash was recorded in Awowo Village, on Abeokuta/Lagos Expressway in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, leaving one dead while nine others were seriously injured.
Relatedly, two artisans were killed, yesterday, on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway after two tyres pulled off from a fast- moving truck and landed on some artisans who were resting in a garden.
Eyewitnesses said the truck with number-plate XP 152 AKD, apparently had a brake failure on approaching CMD Road end of the expressway. It was learnt that, in the driver’s bid to control the vehicle, the tyre suddenly pulled off, hit a Nissan car with number-plate FQ 981 EKY, before landing on the artisans.
An eyewitness, who gave the name of one of the victims as Kabiru Okunola, said, “ the incident occurred about 10 a.m. as we were all resting in the garden. All of a sudden, we heard someone screaming tyre!tyre! The joined tyres hit Okunola on the head and chest and another person on the groin, killing them on the spot. No fewer than four other persons were also hit. But they did not die . We rushed them to the hospital.”
Meanwhile, driver of the truck and the conductor reportedly took to their heels, abandoning the truck on noticing the magnitude of the incident.
The incident caused a hitch in the free flow of traffic, until the arrival of policemen. Contacted, spokesman for Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, said she was not aware of the incident.
Confirming the incident in Awowo Village, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Itori Unit, Mr. Fatai Bakare, said the accident involved a Mazda bus with number-plate Lagos BU 339 EPE. The accident occurred about 12: 05 p.m.
“The passenger bus was on a very high speed when the tyre got burst and the bus somersaulted thrice, the nine victims, though on danger list, are still alive and had been taken to hospital.”
He added that while the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at mortuary, the injured victims had been taken to Ifo General Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
Muslims, Oro cultists may clash
Meantime, palpable tension has gripped residents of Ilishan-Remo and Ikenne in Ikenne Local Government Area of the state following the imminent clash between an Islamic group and Oro cultists.
The two groups might clash on Friday, July 27, as Oro cultists were reportedly said to have ordered a three-day restriction of movement during their seven-day annual celebration.
Vanguard gathered that the ceremony would be held in Ikenne between July 27 and 28 while restriction of movement along with the celebration would be held in Ilishan- Remo between August 3 and 5.
To forestall the crisis, Ogun State Chapter of Muslim Rights’ Concern, MURIC, has petitioned the paramount ruler in the area, Oba Michael Sonarinwo and reportedly copied Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Director of State Security Service,SSS, and Commissioner of Police in the state.
The letter, by the state Co-ordinator Soliu Luqman, described the gesture as an impending religious crisis, if the festival holds as scheduled with restriction of movement for three days, during the on-going Ramadhan fasting period in Remo zone of the state.