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Two die, 10 injured as bus summersaults


Accident sign. Photo/Dhaka Tribune

Two persons were confirmed dead, while 10 others sustained injuries in an accident involving a Mazda bus at Danliti Ayetoro area on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta yesterday. Akinbiyi explained that the accident occurred at about 11:00a.m., saying that it was caused by excessive speeding, which led to loss of control.

He noted that the commercial bus with registration number DDA 729 XA, after losing control, hit a culvert and summersaulted, adding that the driver and the bus conductor died in the accident. “The accident was caused by excessive speeding, which resulted into loss of control. Four female and eight male were involved in the accident but the driver and the conductor died,” he said.

The TRACE spokesperson noted that the injured were taken to Famobic Hospital, Lotto in Mowe, saying that the families of the dead were already at the hospital to claim the bodies.

Meanwhile, yesterday marked nine years since the death of Nigerian famous indigenous rapper, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, popularly known as Dagrin, after a vehicle accident in Lagos State. The legendary rapper died days after he collided with a stationary truck at Mushin area of Lagos.

The rapper, who lived in Meiran, Alagbado area of Lagos infused Yoruba, English and Pidgin English in his songs, which ensured that all types of Nigerian music lovers could relate with his sound.

Themes of his songs were centred around how it feels to be a ghetto child with no food, no help from the government and nothing but dreams. Songs like ‘Ghetto dreams’,  ‘Pon Pon Pon’, and ‘Thank God’ painted a vivid picture of his tales.

In 2009, he released his album ‘C.E.O.” an acronym for ‘Chief Executive Omoita’. ‘Pon Pon Pon’, a song off the album, went on to get nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single, Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals, in 2010.

Still wondering if it is all a dream that their favourite rapper was gone, fans yesterday took to social media to mourn Dagrin.

A fan wrote: “Nine years ago, Dagrin died in an accident. He drove into a truck parked by the roadside. Guess what, those trucks are still parked on the road. He had internal bleeding but the doctors didn’t detect. Guess what, negligence in the health sector has worsened since then. Nigeria, we hail thee.”

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