15 die, 38 injured in Ogun auto crash
• State set to install speed-breakers to check road accidents
• Abiodun pledges to rebuild burnt Sagamu market
A lone accident at Omi River, Ajegunle Bridge, along Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road in Ogun State has claimed 15 lives while 38 others were injured.
The accident, which occurred yesterday, involved a white Mitsubishi Mini Canter truck with registration number XE331MKA overloaded with passengers travelling from Sokoto State.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the accident to journalists yesterday, disclosed that the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into the dried river.
The FRSC boss attributed the cause of the accident to fatigue on the part of the driver.
Oladele said: “So far, 38 passengers in the mini truck sustained various degrees of injuries and have been rescued to the State Hospital in Ijebu-Ode for medical treatment.
“Fifteen corpses, all male adults, out of the passengers cramped into the Canter mini truck, have been recovered under the bridge from the dried river.
“The corpses of the dead victims have been evacuated to Sabo in Ijebu Ode with the Sarki Hausawa making arrangements with the police for mass burial of the dead victims.”
Meanwhile, the Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday directed the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to install speed-breakers along some major junctions and roundabouts along highways to check over-speeding of vehicles, particularly trucks,
The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, said that the directive was a follow-up to an earlier resolution passed by the Assembly recently on the need to install speed-breakers along some of the roads in the state.
Oluomo also urged the leadership of the State Security Trust Fund to, as a matter of urgency, deploy more operational vehicles and other logistic support, including security personnel, to border communities to stem avoidable clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
In another development, the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has assured the people of Sagamu, especially the traders affected by Monday’s midnight inferno, that the Sabo market would receive government’s quick intervention.
Abiodun gave this assurance during the on-the-spot assessment of the market situated along Sabo Road in Sagamu.
According to the governor, the market would not only be rebuilt as soon as possible but would be built to taste with all modern amenities, such as access roads, quality architecture and security and fire-fighting devices.
He urged the affected traders to be calm and patient with the state government.
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