Abuja - Four diplomatic corps officers
from the Ethiopian Embassy were on Monday involved in an accident on
Independence Avenue in the Central Business District in Abuja, the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The accident which occurred at about 2p.m. left the occupants of the diplomatic
hilux vehicle with registration number 43 CD 01 corps diplomatique, badly
An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the vehicle hit a
billboard and somersaulted when the driver could not control the vehicle.
"I saw the vehicle and heard the noise when the driver was trying to apply the
brake but he failed to control the vehicle.
"I think the driver slept off or lost control and collided with a billboard,
pulling it down and making the vehicle to somersault.
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"We pulled them out from the vehicle and they were badly injured.
"The police had rushed them to the hospital,’’ the eye witness told NAN.
A Traffic Officer, Mr Joseph Plangshak, blamed the accident on speeding and
According to him, the victims have been taken to the National Hospital for
"My colleagues have taken the victims to the National Hospital, Abuja for
"We were called to come and access the situation and evacuate the vehicle to
ensure flow of traffic along the busy road,’’ he said.
NAN reports that it took the prompt intervention of officers of the Nigeria
Police and Federal Road Safety Commission to evacuate the vehicle.