A Toyota Avensis car on Friday lost control, after experiencing a tyre burst, tumbled and crushed four students of the Government Technical College and one other person to death in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun State, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday. Akinbiyi said that the car lost control due to tyre burst, sumersaulted and hit the students where they were seated in front of a house.
“The vehicle lost control due to tyre burst and speeding , sumarsaulted and went to meet people sitting down outside a house instantly killing five of them and injuring two others. ” The accident occurred around 10:40pm. Four female college students and a little girl died on the spot. “We Learnt they were students of Government Technical College, Abeokuta. “They came for a Muslim programme called Tarjuud which was to start by 12am but were still outside around 10:30 pm, waiting for 12am to enter a mosque where the programme will take place before the incident happened. “Alcoholic drinks were found in the car and unfortunately the driver of the car could not be located, ” he said.
Akinbiyi added that corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Abeokuta while the injured were taken to same hospital.
Recently also, The Jigawa Police Command confirmed that four persons, including two females, died in two different auto crashes involving APC campaign vehicles in Jahun and Guri Local Government Areas of the State. Police Spokesman in the State, Abdu Jinjir, disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday. He said that one of the accidents occurred on January 21 at about 5:30 p.m., when a driver of a campaign vehicle with registration number MMR 364 AA (Golf 3), lost control along Guri-Hadejia road and hit six children. He explained that the vehicle was conveying party supporters to the venue of the rally organized to flag-off the re-election campaign of Gov. Badaru in Guri.
The spokesman added that three of the children, Maryam Adamu aged four, Habibu Yusif aged nine,and Aminu Abdullahi aged 10, died on the spot, while the remaining three were critically injured. Jinjiri said that the driver of the vehicle was arrested by the police as investigation into the case was ongoing. He further told newsmen that the second accident occurred on January 22 at about 8:15 p.m., along Jahun to Kiyawa road, when the governor’s campaign team was returning from Gumel.
“On January 22 at about 2015hrs, there was a fatal accident along Jahun to Kiyawa road, involving a ford (Focus) vehicle driven by one Abubakar Ibrahim, aged 35. “The vehicle, coming from Gumel and heading to Birninkudu, was conveying four female passengers. “On reaching Yar Jigawa village mine, the driver suddenly sighted a camel crossing the highway and lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid hitting the camel. “The vehicle somersaulted and, resulting in the passengers sustaining serious injuries. “Policemen immediately visited the scene and took the victims to the hospital for treatment,” Jinjiri said.
According to him, one Aisha Tahir aged 40 of Birninkudu town died while receiving treatment at the hospital. He added that the surviving victims, including the driver, were later referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Birninkudu, for medical attention.