By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Daud Olatunji
LAGOS—Tragedy struck yesterday, when four persons, including a three-year-old boy, lost their lives in an auto crash which occurred on Kara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
According to eyewitness, the accident occurred at about 8:25a.m., when the truck on high speed had tyre burst, making it to skid off the road and plunged into the river under the bridge.
He said the truck knocked down a commercial motorcycle rider conveying a woman with an infant strapped to her back. “The woman and the motorcycle rider survived, the baby died on the spot .”
General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adeshina, confirmed the report, stating, “A three-year-old boy died on the spot, while three occupants in the truck were later recovered dead by Emergency Response Team, ERT, and local divers from the river.”
The Okada rider and the mother, who were rescued alive, were immediately rushed to hospital for treatment.
Sympathisers and other onlookers wailed and cried aloud as the victims were recovered from the scene and taken to mortuary.
The incident resulted in heavy traffic jam on both sides of the road, as LASEMA and other rescue team, including Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, cordoned off the entire road to pave way for easy recovery effort of victims and the vehicle.
According to Adesina, “The Agency received a distress call through the emergency toll-free number 112/767, Wednesday 31st January, 2018 at about 8.45a.m. concerning an accident on Kara Bridge Lagos Ibadan Express Way. On arrival at the scene, the LASEMA Response Team gathered that a 20ft containerized truck with unknown plate number was involved in accident.”
“Further investigation revealed that the head of the containerized truck detached from its body while on motion inward Karra Bridge and rammed into a motorcycle with the rider and two passengers while the head of the truck plunged into Isheri Olofin River.
“Unfortunately, a three-year-old boy on the motorcycle lost his life while his mother had leg fracture and they had been moved to the hospital by FRSC.
“The head of the truck that plunged into the river was later recovered from the river with the aid of heavy duty equipment and support from the local divers.“
Adeshina said that proper investigation would be conducted on the incident, even as he advised motorists, especially articulated truck drivers to always drive within, and ensure they adhere strictly with, road safety regulations.
Rustlers kill 7-yr-old herder in Plateau
By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Two herders, who allegedly conspired to kill a seven-year-old herder and rustled 15 cows and 14 sheep put in the boy’s care, have been arrested by officers of Plateau State Police Command.
The rustlers allegedly committed the offence last week.
The incident raised fresh tension in troubled Bassa Local Government Area as well as in part of the neighbouring Jos North Local Government Area.
Parading the suspects, the state’s Police Commissioner, Undie Adie, said: “On January 26, one Alhaji Ibrahim Usman of Sabon Layi, Jos, reported at Laranto Police Division that on January 24, at about 4:45p.m., he was called on phone by one Bala Mohammed to meet him at Zaria Road cemetery, which he did.
He said: “The said Bala handed over to him 15 cows and 14 sheep for safe keeping, pretending that he was going to look for his child. That he waited for Bala to come back for his cows but to no avail.
“Preliminary investigation later revealed that the cows and sheep belong to one Ibrahim Haruna of Agigi in Bassa Local Government Area, which was stolen with the connivance of some herdsmen.
“The suspect conspired and killed one Mohammed Ibrahim, aged seven years, who was in charge of the cows and sheep.
“The suspects have been apprehended and are assisting the Police in the investigation at the State CIID, Jos.”1
He added that people have not heeded the “advice we have been giving to cattle owners that they should avoid using underage children in grazing and at night time.”