One killed, 14 injured in Ogun crashes
THe Ogun State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, on Wednesday, confirmed the death of one person in a crash around the J3 area of the Sagamu/ijebuOde/ore Expressway.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the lone accident occurred around 11.25pm on Tuesday and involved a Toyota Sienna with number plate FKJ 453 XW.
it was gathered that the vehicle was on top speed when it suffered a tyre blowout, which made the driver to lose control of the vehicle, and it eventually somersaulted into the bush.
Our correspondent learnt that nine persons were involved in the accident, with three of them sustaining injuries.
The FRSC said the remains of the deceased were deposited in the morgue of the General Hospital, ijebu-ode, while two of the survivors were receiving treatment at the same hospital and a young female survivor was rushed to a private hospital in the area.
Similarly, two male adults, who were on a motorcycle, were injured after a hit-andrun driver rammed them on the idiroko-atan Road around ilase.
it was gathered that the victims were rushed to the idiroko General Hospital.
Similarly, tragedy was averted on Wednesday when two vehicles rammed into each other around the Mountain Top University area of the Lagos-ibadan Expressway.
it was gathered that the vehicles were a white Mazda bus with number plate BD 235 JJN and a Sport Utility Vehicle with number plate SMK 871 AH
PUNCH Metro learnt that the accident was caused by excessive speed that led to loss of control on the part of the drivers.
it was learnt that the crash, which involved 24 persons, left nine injured, who were rushed to the Divine Trust Hospital, ibafo.
Confirming the crashes, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Clement Oladele, told our correspondent that the young survivor of the J3 accident, who was rushed to a private hospital, had been referred to the State Hospital, ijebu-ode.
Oladele urged motorists to exhibit great care while driving and avoid using the Yuletide as an excuse to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol as the consequences could be catastrophic.
He added that motorists needed to drive with absolute concentration and be careful, especially around road construction zones.
Oladele stated, “As a follow-up exercise carried out by operatives of the Ogbere outpost, in line with the World Health Organisation’s standard practice on the wellbeing of the injured child reportedly taken to the ise Oluwa Clinic for immediate medical treatment by by-standers, report by the hospital management revealed that the case of the child was beyond what it could handle, hence the need for the child to be immediately relocated to another hospital.
“The injured child was thereafter withdrawn and transferred to the State Hospital, ijebu-ode, for adequate treatment, while the remains of the mother, who died in the crash, were deposited in the morgue of the same hospital.”
He also confirmed an assault on some officers of the corps around Ajilete, idiroko, on Tuesday.
Oladele noted that the officers in the idiroko area were assaulted by a motorcyclist, who was apprehended for not wearing a helmet.
According to him, the motorcyclist attempted to regain his seized motorcycle and injured an officer in the jaw in the process.
it was gathered that the motorcyclist was handed over to the police at the idiroko Police Station.
THe Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research institutions and Associated institutions has called for the suspension of the acting Director General of the Federal institute of industrial Research, Oshodi, Dr Chima igwe, over the controversies surrounding his doctorate.
This is just as an anticorruption group, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, has faulted the Ministry of Science and Technology for not taking appropriate action on the matter.
The groups’ reactions followed reports by The PUNCH on the controversial doctorate of igwe, which he claimed he bagged from the Universite’ Abomey-calavi, Benin Republic, in 2001.
With an attestation of registration, which he claimed was proof of his graduation; igwe got several promotions and was recently appointed the acting director general of the agency.
However, ultimatums given to him to produce his PHD certificate ended without any result, as igwe went further to swear to an affidavit before an Abuja High Court.
investigations by our correspondent, however, revealed that the 57-year-old did not complete his studies as he claimed.
Officials of the university, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, denounced his claims, saying igwe had yet to do his thesis defence, the final requirement for the attainment of a PHD.
The independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, which had earlier cleared him of wrongdoing, backtracked on Tuesday, saying it had reopened investigation into the matter.
The SSAUTHRIAI Chairman, FIIRO branch,
• Scene of one of the crashes