By Ibironke Ariyo. Abuja.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that no fewer than 20 persons were killed in road traffic crashes along Ibadan-Lagos route and Mokwa town in Niger.
The Acting Corps Marshal of FRSC, Mr Dauda Biu, said this in a statement issued by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Biu decried the incessant violation of legal speed limits and noticeable traces of dangerous driving behaviours exhibited by drivers during the Christmas celebration.
He warned perpetrators of such bad road use culture to desist henceforth, as the corps would not spare them when apprehended.
The corps marshal attributed the accident that occurred at 06:30hrs along Ibadan-Lagos expressway, near the Guru Marahaji area in Oyo State, to wanton violation of speed limit and indulgence in dangerous driving.
He that the fatal crash in Mokwa, Niger, occurred at 3.30 a.m., while a lone crash also occurred in Otukpo, Benue, around 11.35 a.m. on Tuesday.
“According to preliminary investigations conducted into the fatal crashes, the Ibadan avoidable accident is a lone crash that involves a Toyota bus bearing the following registration details TRK 135 ZY.
“While the Mokwa crash involved a trailer transiting from Lagos, which had a head on collision with a bus, and the Otukpo lone crash, involving a bus registered as NAK 77 XA, occurred as a result of a fallen tree that blocked the highway.
“Eighteen people, all male adults, are involved in the Ibadan crash, out of which 10 were killed, six injured and the rest rescued without injuries,” he said.
Biu added that 10 persons died in the Mokwa crash, nine of which were confirmed dead on the spot, while the remaining one died in the hospital.
He, however, said that zero fatality was recorded in the Otukpo lone crash but the injured victims have been taken to St. Daniels Hospital, Otukpo, for urgent treatment.
According to him, six victims with different degrees of injuries. during the rescue operations on the Ibadan crash, were given adequate first aid by the corps’ medical rescue team before moving them to Ibadan Central Hospital for proper medical attention.
The acting corps marshal added that the remains of the dead victims had been deposited in the morgue of Adeoyo General Hospital in Ibadan.
He noted that the main causes of the crash, according to the report, were dangerous driving, road obstruction and excessive speed which led to loss of control.
He assured the motoring public, particularly the law-abiding ones, that the corps had already enhanced its visibility and intensified patrol operations to guarantee sanity on highways.
The FRSC boss directed the immediate deployment of a special squad to the affected part of the Otukpo-Makurdi highway to ensure speedy removal of the fallen tree and ensure free flow of traffic.
“The deployed squad has already commenced the cutting of the tree for immediate evacuation.
“The motoring public is admonished to exercise patience, maintain the lowest possible speed, while plying that route,” he said.
Biu also advised motorists to allow the spirit of love that came with the Christmas season reflect in the manner they drove on the roads.
The acting corps marshal reiterated his position of apprehending and prosecuting those who took advantage of the festive season to indulge in dangerous driving on the roads.
He urged the public to always patronise the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM, which were available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.