Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday identified excessive speed, bust tyre and sudden application of break as factors responsible for the auto crash that claimed the lives of James Ocholi, wife and son.
Ocholi, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, died in the crash along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway near Rijana village, on Sunday.
FRSC's Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi made this known while presenting an interim report on the auto crash to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Oyeyemi, Ocholi’s driver, Taiwo James Eleghede, has no record of valid driver’s license in the drivers’ data base, while Ocholi and his son, who did not use the seat belts, were forcibly ejected, when the affected vehicle somersaulted.
"The ejection of the minister and his son, who occupied rear seats confirmed the fact that their rear seat belts were not in use and on the contrary the driver and the orderly survived because the front seat belts were used.
"There was no record on the drivers’ license National Data Base of the driver of the Hon. Minister with the name, Taiwo James Eleghede.
"However, there was record found on the driver’s license National Data Base of the driver of the Hon. Minister’s back-up vehicle with the name Ibrahim Abubakar.
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"Information gathered revealed that the driver of the crashed vehicle was actually moving at excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre bust.
"The weather and vehicle mechanical conditions did not contribute to the break-crash factors that led to the occurrence of this crash.
"Although there exists a pothole at the crash vicinity, its existence and the road recondition were not contributory factors. Though it lacks speed limit informative signs and speed surveillance cameras to caution and deter speeding motorists.
"The crashed vehicle driver was driving too fast and he slammed on the break so hard.
"These two factors materially contributed to the inability of the driver to maintain control when the left rear tyre bust."
According the Corps Marshal, the tyres of the crashed vehicle were not properly fixed and no proper alignment.
He said that the inability of the minister’s driver to maintain the directional control of his vehicle when the tyre bust led to the fatal crash of the vehicle.
The corps marshal stated that 10 persons were involved in the crash with three people killed, five sustained various degrees of injury and the remaining two persons escaped the crash unhurt.
Oyeyemi, who commiserated with the members of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians over the incident, commended President Buhari’s exemplary conduct of his convoy.
He urged members of the cabinet, heads of agencies and government officials to emulate the president.