The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, on Monday, said only seven persons died from the road accident that occurred on Lagos /Ibadan expressway on Sunday as against the media report of 18 persons.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, stated this after an on the spot assessment to some of the injured victims at Idera hospital in Sagamu.
Oladele, who debunked the report, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Seven as against the 18 earlier reported in the media died in the incident.
The sector commander stated that FRSC as an agency would never add up or reduce the number of casualties as the agency holds in high esteem the provision of figures.
“18 passengers were involved in the accident, unfortunately seven of them died while the injured were taken to Idera hospital in Sagamu by officials of the FRSC.
“Out of the nine we brought here, some are in serious condition, some are getting better while they have discharged one to his family.
“We learnt from some of the survivors here that the vehicle was on top speed and it had tyre burst which resulted into the accident.
” FRSC is a transparent and a data driven organisation which means our data must be accurate that’s why we don’t give false information and we give detailed information, “he said.
He urged motorists to always exercise caution while on the road and drive according to rules and regulations.
One of the injured victim who spoke to NAN in the hospital, Mr Francis Osifor, said he was coming from Abuja with six other passengers but on getting to Ibadan they were transferred to an inter state bus going to Lagos.
Osifor said that the bus was on top speed and later had tyre burst which resulted into the accident.
“I wanted to tell the driver that the speed was much but I was feeling sleepy but the next thing I heard was a blast of tyre, the vehicle turned and went to the opposite direction. I was dragged out of the vehicle, “he said.
Another survivor, Mr Ismail Opeyemi, also stated that the speed was much before the tyre of the bus got burst, saying that he was happy to still be alive.
” We were coming from Ibadan and the tyre burst around 5pm in the evening, it was the FRSC that took us to this hospital. I have already contacted my family, ” he said.
NAN reports that all the injured victims were seen at the hospital receiving treatment while one of them was said to have been discharged this morning.
NAN reports that the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) through its Public Relations Officer, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, had on Sunday, confirmed the death of 18 passengers in an accident that happened around Alapako /Ogunmakin area on Lagos /Ibadan Expressway.
Akinbiyi stated that the accident involved 19 persons out of which 18 died and one seriously injured.