Ojuelegba Container Accident: Lagos Identifies Four Out Of Nine Casualty
…..To Prosecute Driver, Truck Owner
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Lagos State Government on Monday identified four persons out of the nine people that died on Sunday when a 20ft container fell on a commercial bus in the Ojuelegba area of the State.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner of Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the four identified victims are: Miss Blessing Isioma; Mr. Abdurahman Okoya Sunday; Mr. Felix John Ifeanyi, 40years old and Mrs. Olatokunbo Basirat King, 49years.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, after receiving an interim report of the incident, directed the police to speed up their investigation of the matter.
The Lagos State Governor also gave the following directives:
“That the driver of the truck and the owner, who are in police custody, must be prosecuted;
“That the Ministry of Transportation and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) should meet urgently to find a lasting solution to the menace of falling trucks; and
“That all the laws governing the operations of trucks and related vehicles must be enforced with more vigour and diligence.”
The Lagos State Governor also added that he will ensure that the driver and the owner of the truck involved in the January 29th incident are put on trial for the needless death of citizens.
“This, we hope, will send a strong message to all those who have no regard for other people’s lives that Lagos will not condone their recklessness. They must be stopped, with the strong backing of our laws, because their actions offend our avowed commitment to safety and decency,” Governor Sanwo-Olu added.