Abakaliki - No fewer than nine persons
lost their lives in a road accident that occurred along the Abakaliki-Enugu
highway in the early hours of Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The accident occurred along Ezzangbo portion of the
Abakaliki-Enugu highway and involved a Toyota Sienna bus and an articulated
vehicle with registration number HKW 436 XA.
Mr Charles Abuochi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road
Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi, confirmed the story in an interview with NAN.
He, however, said that the details of the auto crash were
"There is an accident that happened along the Ezzangbo
portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu Federal highway.
"Our men are still at the scene of the crash to ensure free
flow of traffic.
"Preliminary report confirmed that nine persons died on the
spot while one person sustained injuries and had been rushed to the Federal
Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.
"Corpses of deceased victims have been deposited at the
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According to him, the accident victims were party supporters
travelling to Enugu to observe the Appeal Court ruling on the Ebonyi
Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
He said that the driver of the Sienna bus was moving on a
high speed when he lost control of the wheel, skidded off his lane and crashed
into the articulated vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
Abuochi expressed regret over the loss of many lives in the
He said the FRSC was ready to make Christmas and New Year
celebrations accident-free and warned motorists and other road users to obey
road traffic laws.
‘’We sympathise with the families of the deceased but I want
to assure the general public that the FRSC is ready and prepared to ensure
"We wish to advise that motorists and other road users
should comply with safety standards to prevent the loss of lives and property
of the passengers.
‘’Our men have been fully mobilised and deployed to several
accident flashpoints for proper surveillance,’’ he said.