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Motorist kills masquerade in A-Ibom

BY Chioma Onuegbu , Uyo
An unidentified hit-and-run driver has killed a masquerade along Use Offot Nwaniba Road Uyo Akwa Ibom state.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the incident occurred on Thursday evening.
It was learnt that the driver, who was on high speed, tried to avoid another vehicle when he suddenly rammed into the masquerade.
 An eyewitness  identified as Ukpe Eno, said he would have been hit by the vehicle safe for the lift to the other side of the road.
He said it was unfortunate that the masquerade was taken by surprise as he could not make such a lift owing to the mask on his face.
“If not God, I too would have been a dead man by now. The vehicle was on terrific speed. The road is barely two lanes and cramping; and if you look at it well, it is not where somebody is supposed to drive at 60 kilometres per hour.
“But here you see people driving at 100 and 120kph. I think it is high time government started marking roads in the state with appropriate speed limits,” he said.
The remains of the masquerader, whose identity has yet to be ascertained which, was found lying on Nwaniba Road had been removed when newsmen got to the scene of accident Friday morning.
The Commissioner for Communications and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, described the incident as unfortunate.
According to him, he had sent people to the place, where his corpse had been removed. He noted that they were still on the trail of the identity of the masquerader and his relatives.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, when contacted said though he saw the masquerade lying on the ground through social media, the matter has not been formally reported to the station.


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