Saturday, December 28, 2013

Oshiomhole Unhurt in Edo Motor Accident

What would have been another Yuletide tragedy was averted Saturday as
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole survived a motor accident at Ewu
in Edo Central senatorial district of the state.
The state government said the governor escaped unhurt from the
accident, which occurred about 9.45 am at Ewu, along the ever-busy
Benin-Auchi road, while Oshiomhole was on his way back to Benin City
from his Iyamho village.
A Peugeot J5 bus filled with tomatoes and plantains was said to have
lost control and rammed into the governor's flag car from the opposite
direction before swerving into a roadside ditch.
Only on Friday, at least 47 persons were reported dead in two separate
incidents in Benue State. The incidents were in respect of a violent
clash between Fulani herdsmen and native Tiv farmers at Agasha and a
boat mishap on River Buruku in Buruku local government.
On the governor's accident, a statement by Prince Kassim Afegbua, his
Special Adviser Media, said: "Three vehicles in the governor's convoy
were in front of the governor's flag car and had passed the Peugeot J5
bus before it [J5 bus] had direct impact with the governor's car,
which had the governor, his Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and his driver as
occupants. The governor's car was badly affected but no injury was
sustained by both occupants of the Peugeot J5 bus and that of the
He said the Peugeot J5 bus was following a truck that was descending
the Ewu slope when it suddenly veered off into the governor's lane
from the opposite direction and directly impacted on the governor's
vehicle, apparently because of brake failure.
"The good story is that nobody sustained injuries in both vehicles.
The comrade-governor is hale and hearty, his ADC and other occupants
of the Peugeot J5 are also in good condition," Afegbua said.
The incident, he said, had been reported to the Divisional Police
Station at Ewu for further investigation.
"This is to assure all good people of Edo State that there is no cause
for alarm. Their loving comrade-governor is fine, hale and hearty as
well as other occupants of the other affected vehicle.
The comrade-governor is wishing everyone a prosperous new year ahead,"
Afegbua said.

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