No fewer than five persons, including a baby, lost their lives in an early morning accident at the Alaba area of
The incident has increased the total casualty rate in three different motor accidents that occurred in the last three
days to 10.
According to an eyewitness account, a trailer heavily laden with goods had fallen on a commercial bus with passengers, killing a mother, her baby and three others while leaving several others with varying degrees of injuries.
Although the incident happened at about 9am, rescue operation to bring out those trapped began only at about 12pm when rescue workers were called in.
Among those rescued were a woman who had both legs fractured from the impact of the crash.
In another accident on Monday, it was gathered that a commercial bus rammed into an electric high tension pole while trying to veer away from a reckless trailer driver.
Confirming the incidents, the spokesperson, South-west zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, appealed to motorists and commuters to exercise utmost patience on the roads, especially during the yuletide.
“We implore motorists and travellers to be safety conscious as they embark on journeys to their respective destinations as the highways are extremely busy causing slow movement across the South-west.
Meanwhile, the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA), Major General Obi Umahi, has assured Nigerians of maximum security during the Yuletide.
To check security lapses, Umahi said the army had deployed the special anti-crime squad, Operation Mesa, to mount surveillance in its area of responsibility, especially on the highways.