Five members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were confirmed dead in a ghastly motor accident a few metros to Oke-Onigbin, a Kwara suburb, on the Omu-Aran-Ilorin Highway, on Sunday.
It was gathered that the APC members and some party executives of Irepodun Local Government Area of the state were on their way to Oro for a rally.
The vehicles conveying the party members, a Nissan Previa, with registration number BU 383 ABJ and Mazda 323 number FKJ 169 AN, were said to have been involved in a head-on collision with a Nissan Murano Jeep, marked KJA 905 CV, at about 4:30pm. One of the party members was said to have died instantly, following the impact of the crash, while others were rushed to Adeyemo and Ajisafe hospitals in Omu-Aran. The other four victims were said to have died in the hospital while those who sustained injuries, among them the party’s Chairman in the council, Yemi Aransiola, were being treated. An eyewitness, Kunle Azeez, said the driver of the jeep survived. Azeez told newsmen that the jeep had overtaken a trailer while on top speed before the head-on-collision with the cars conveying the party members.
When Daily Sun visited the hospitals yesterday, the party’s stalwarts were seen making frantic efforts to receive the corpse of the victims for burial in their respective communities. Mr Tyia Asagun, an official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Omu-Aran Unit Command, who claimed to have coordinated the accident rescue efforts, told newsmen that the cause of the accident was still being investigated.
He, however, said over-speeding and dangerous driving were suspected to have played major roles in the accident. Asagun said the command, after the rescue efforts, had handed over the accident case to Oke-Onigbin Police Division, located a few metros from the accident scene. Mr Femi Davids, the spokesperson to Olawuyi, described the incident as “shocking and unfortunate.”