The Women Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and eight others were on Saturday killed in a motor accident along the Glory Drive of Igbogene area of Yenagoa, the state capital.
All victims of the fatal accident were on their way back to Sagbama from Yenagoa, where they had gone to attend a wedding ceremony.
Akelicious gathered from an eyewitness, simply identified as Destiny, that the bus may have entered a pothole along the road and somersaulted with the other vehicles ramming into the Toyota Hiace bus from behind.
”If they had been at normal speed, maybe the back vehicle would have avoided the other one,” he said.
The Bayelsa State Police Command, through its spokesperson, SP Asinim Butswat, on Sunday, confirmed the incident and said the traffic division of the command has taken the sketch marks at the scene and commenced investigation into the accident.
“The unfortunate accident occurred on Saturday 4th December 2021 at about 1700hours, along the Glory Land drive, Igbogene, involving a Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg No. AKL 652 YP and a Toyota Forerunner Jeep with Reg No. KMK 923 AA,” he said.
“The accident cars were also evacuated to the Igbogene Division for further inspection. The corpses of the victims were deposited at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri while the injured passengers are responding to treatment at the same facility”.
Also speaking on the accident, the Chairman of the Sagbama Local Government Council, Hon. Embeleakpo Alale, and the Member representing Sagbama Constituency 1, Hon (Dr.) Godbless Nanaotumieyeseigha, after a visit to other victims receiving treatment at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri and Tobis hospital, Yenagoa, expressed deep sadness over the incident.
The officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), whose office was 25 kilometres from the scene of the accident, were also on ground to assist in the evacuation of victims. The report on the accident also corroborated the one offered by the police to newsmen. They also confirmed that three males and four females survived the accident with various degrees of injuries.