Otti suspends convoy driver for hitting motorcyclist, passenger
•Pledges to pay victims’ hospital bills
Abia State governor, Alex Otti, yesterday, suspended one of his convoy drivers, Onyebuchi Steven, who drove a Toyota Hilux pick-up that hit a motorcyclist and his passenger at Ohafia on Saturday.
The governor, who pledged to take responsibility for the medical bills of the victims, also directed investigation into the accident to establish his culpability.
Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to governor, Kazie Uko, who confirmed the development, yesterday, said the state Health Commissioner, Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo, first administered first aid to the victims before they were taken to an Ohafia hospital, and thereafter transferred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, the state capital.
He said that following the governor’s directive that the victims be given the best medical treatment.
the passenger that sustained minor injury was quickly treated and discharged, but the motorcycle operator, whose name was given as Orji Felix, 18, who sustained multiple fractures on his left leg and right arm, was being treated.
According to the CPS, the victim has been responding favourably to treatment and in stable condition as at Sunday night when the Health Commissioner visited him at the FMC’s Crowther Ward.
The Guardian gathered that some Ohafia commercial motorcycle operators, family and friends of the victim have visited FMC to sympathise with Felix and pray for his quick recovery.
They also lauded governor Otti for his kindness and warned their colleagues to exercise caution when they hear sirens or see approaching convoys with headlamps on.
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