Lokoja - Eighteen persons lost their
lives instantly in an accident which occurred on Abuja-Lokoja road in the early
hours of Friday.
The Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC), Mr Ogochukwu Ugboma who confirmed the accident, said 16 men
and two women died in the mishap.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that 56 other
persons , including a female child, sustained injuries in the accident.
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Ugboma said that the accident, which occurred at about
5.45a.m., near Gegu village, involved a Lagos bound luxury bus with
registration number Lagos XT 286 LSD belonging to a popular transport company,
He said 86 persons, comprising two children, 59 men and 25
women were involved in the accident.
Ugboma, who said the cause of the accident was yet to be
ascertained, explained that some eyewitnesses said the bus ran into an ambush
laid by armed robbers.
He said the driver was making a U-turn in a bid to escape
when the bus plunged into a ditch, leading to the death of some passengers.
The sector commander said corpses and the injured were taken
to the Federal Medical Center in Lokoja while investigation has been launched
into the accident.