Lagos - An unspecified number of
passengers were feared dead on Thursday when an 18-seater commercial bus
plunged into the Arun River at Ogere, near Ijebu Ode in Ogun.
The Public Information Officer of the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that
rescue operation had begun.
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"A report has just reached NEMA that an 18-seater bus
plunged into Arun River at Ogbere, after Ijebu Ode in Ogun.
"NEMA, in strong partnership with the Ogun State
Government, Ijebu East Local Government Council, the Federal Road Safety
Commission and the police have mobilised local volunteers and divers to begin
recovery of the victims,’’ Farinloye said.
He noted, however, that only two bodies had been recovered
from the scene.
NAN recalls that in 2012, a 32-seater bus similarly, plunged
into the river, killing 22 people heading for a wedding.