By DAUD OLATUJI
Emotion was high, Saturday, when twelve dead bodies of 21 travelers whose Coaster bus plunged into a river along J4 expressway in Ogbere, Ijebu-East local government area of Ogun State were recovered.
The bodies were recovered 24 hours after the incident when men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Nigeria Police Force and Red Cross society launched an operation.
The Coaster bus plunged into the river on Friday and got swept away before it was located 24 hours after.
According to findings ,bodies of 11 women and that of the driver, a male, were recovered from the Federal Urban Mass Scheme bus with Abuja registration number BWR 428 XA.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that many of the victims were travelling for a burial at Uronigbe in Oriohwon local government area of Edo State.
Speaking after the recovery operation, the Ijebu-Ode Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr. Issa Seidu, said three people were rescued on Friday night and were rushed to a private hospital in Ore.
Seidu said ,he got the information from one of the survivors that the passengers that boarded the bus were 21, including the driver.
The FRSC boss attributed the accident to over speeding. “It is a clear case of over speeding on the part of the driver of the bus. If you look at the distance from which the bus ran into the river, which is about a kilometer away, it shows that the driver was on a terrible speed.
“It clearly shows that the driver was on a suicide mission. Although we don’t know the actually number of people in the bus, one of the survivors said they were 21 in number. “In all we were able to recovered 12 bodies and rescued three”.
Also speaking, the information officer of NEMA South-West Zone 2, Mr. Ibrahim Farinoye, said the agency would commence search and rescue operation of the remaining bodies in the river.
Relatives of the accident victims, who were at the scene of the rescue operation, could not hold back tears.