Benin - The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Saturday
performed a mass burial for the remains of 51 accident victims who were
burnt beyond recognition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims were
involved in multiple accidents which claimed more than 60 lives at
Ogbogui village on the Benin-Lagos expressway on April 5.
The remains were interred at the First Cemetery in Benin, after being transported from the UBTH mortuary.
Aikonogie Wilfred, UBTH’s Chief Mortician who spoke to newsmen at
the cemetery, said the 51 bodies were given mass burial because the
bodies could not be identified.
He said those who tried to identify them were relatives of the accident victims when they visited the hospital earlier.
Wilfred disclosed that two corpses had been identified and taken away by the accident victims’ relatives.
He said the identification and burial only involved bodies of dead accident victims brought to the hospital.
At the cemetery, concerned family members, relatives and friends
wailed as the bodies sealed in a bag were deposited into the grave from a
Odiamah Chika, who said he lost a mother, niece and a nephew,
expressed regret that Nigeria had lost more lives to road accidents than
it did during the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War.
He lamented the absence of comprehensive data among agencies in the
transport sector to ascertain the authenticity of the figures of those
who die in road mishaps.
Samuel Nwafor, a native of Anambra, said he lost a 47-year-old uncle in the accident.
Nwafor, who said his late uncle was a self-employed chartered
accountant, said the deceased was survived by a wife and four children.
Meanwhile, the FRSC Zonal Commander, Wole Olaniyan, said some
measures were being worked out to ensure strict adherence to traffic
laws and safety on the roads.
Olaniyan, however, attributed road mishaps to over-speeding, and
warned passengers to stop encouraging their drivers to travel at a fast