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Interim report indicts Ocholi’s driver

By Tonye Bakare
09 March 2016   |   5:04 pm
The driver of the late Minister of Labour and Productivity has been indicted in the crash that killed the former minister, his wife and son.
Ocholi, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, died in the crash at kilometre 34, on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, near Rijana village, on Sunday, March 6, 2016. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo

James Ocholi, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, died in the crash at kilometre 34, on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, near Rijana village, on Sunday, March 6, 2016. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo

The driver of the late Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. James Enojo Ocholi, has been indicted in the crash that killed the late minister, his wife and son.

The Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, while submitting an interim report on the cause of the fatal crash to the Federal Executive Council said the driver was “moving in excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre burst.”

The driver, James Elegbede, was also indicted for having no record of valid driver’s license in the drivers’ database.

The Corps Marshal revealed that the investigations showed that the late minister and his son did not use the seat belts and were forcibly ejected from the vehicle when it somersaulted due to burst tyre.

“The ejection of the minister and his son, who occupied rear seats confirmed the fact that their rear seat belts were not in use and, on the contrary, the driver and the Orderly survived because the front seat belts were used.

“There was no record of the drivers’ license National Data Base of the driver of the Hon. Minister with the name, Taiwo James Elegbede. However, there was record found on the driver’s license National database of the driver of the Hon. Minister’s backup vehicle with the name Ibrahim Abubakar.

“Information gathered revealed that the driver of the crashed vehicle was actually moving in excess of the stipulated speed when he had a burst tyre.

“The weather and vehicle mechanical conditions did not contribute to the break-crash factors that led to the occurrence of this crash.

However, Oyeyemi noted that the crash might have been aggravated by the fact that the tyres of the crashed vehicle were not properly fixed and had no proper alignment.