The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said about 13 commuters have lost their lives in separate road crashes in Lagos and Niger States on Sunday respectively.
The image maker for the Corps in the state, Olabisi Sonusi, confirmed the autocrashes in a press release on Monday.
The statement read in part, “The FRSC Lagos has confirmed the death of four males and one female adult in a crash which occurred on Agemowo- Buhari Estate, inward Badagry, on the Lagos Badagry Expressway, around 8.43pm on Sunday, February 12, 2023.
“The FRSC operatives in conjunction with other traffic management agencies cleared the obstructions off the road. The Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the bereaved.
“He said truck drivers of trucks should ensure that minimum safety standards are maintained at all times while other road users should avoid speeding and drive with caution under low visibility or avoid night driving to prevent unwarranted loss of lives and destruction.”
Commenting on the Niger incident, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Niger State, Kumar Tsukwam, averred that seven passengers lost their lives in the mayhem that happened around Lanle, in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
Tsukwam said the accident, which occurred on Sunday night, involved a truck with number plate FKA-327XA and a commercial Ford mini-bus with number plate SHA-140XH, which was caused by excessive speeding.
“The vehicles collided when the Ford minibus tried to overtake another vehicle while speeding, then it collided with the truck. All seven victims didn’t die on the spot, six of the victims died on the spot while one was taken to the hospital but eventually died the next day.
“The corpses were handed over to the Vice-Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Ahmed, in the presence of the police and the vehicles are with the Kutigi Police Division for further investigation,” Tsukwam said.