One killed, 14 in­jured in Ogun crashes

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

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

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