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Five final year Delta Poly students die in accident

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Five final year students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, died in a motor accident. The incident, which threw the campus into mourning, occurred a few hours after the deceased finished their pre-graduation examinations.

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It was gathered that the deceased died along Issele-Azagba/Ogwashi-Uku road while on their way to a graduation party yesterday evening. Four of the students died on the spot inside a tricycle while the fifth student died at the hospital where he was rushed to after their vehicle collided with a Toyota Camry car.

Delta State Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Head of Operations, Mr. Bakare Adesina, when contacted, said the command was not officially informed about the accident, “ though I read it online”.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said she was expecting details from the DPO attached to Ogwashi-Uku Police Station.

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Also, three female students of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, in Anambra State, at the weekend lost their lives in three separate accidents within the area. The deceased met their deaths between Friday and Sunday after they had boarded motorcycles to their various destinations.
 
One of the deceased, a final year student of English Education, it was gathered, was rushing to catch up with an early morning lecture when she was killed by a motorcyclist. The other was a 200L English student, while the third was in the philosophy department.
 
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Dr. Chukwueloka Christian, described the deaths as unfortunate and blamed it on the recklessness of the motorcyclists.

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He regretted that the students had flouted several warnings against the use of motorcycles as a means of transportation, revealing that the management would soon place a ban on its use by students.

“We have severally appealed to the students living off-campus to leave their hostels early enough so they can join the shuttle buses and still meet up with their lectures. We have also written several to the state government to construct speed breakers on the road to the school but we are yet to receive a positive response on that,” Christian said.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun State has said 107 deaths were recorded in 160 road accidents between January and October 2020 in the state. The Sector Commander in the state, Mrs. Kudirat Ibrahim, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Osogbo.

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Ibrahim attributed the accidents to dangerous driving and disobedience to road traffic regulations. She said the command rescued about 1,000 persons from various accident scenes involving 231 vehicles in the state within the period.
 
This is just as one passenger was killed while five others sustained injuries in an accident yesterday in Osun. The accident is coming barely four days after a similar incident where one person was killed and five others injured along Ipetu Ijesha road in Ori-Ade local government area when two vehicles were involved in wrongful overtaking.
 
Yesterday’s accident, which involved a Toyota Hummer bus with registration number LSD 549 XX happened at Iwaraja Junction, Ilesa-Akure expressway around 12:20 p.m, when one of the tyres got burst while travelling on the road and the driver, identified as Felix Olagbemi, lost control and rammed into a nearby bush.
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