No fewer than 30 persons and 32 cows were killed early Monday
morning in a ghastly road accident that occured along the Lokoja- Abuja
According to an eye witness account, the accident was caused by a road
block mounted by armed robbers along the Irepeni axis of the highway.
The witness said a Luxury Bus with Registration Number KRD 799 LC
which was coming from Lagos and heading to Abuja suddenly ran into
the road block mounted by the armed bandits. As the bus was trying to
manoeuvre its way, a Trailer Truck with registration number KTN 711
YZ loaded with dozens of cows suddenly rammed into the bus killing
several people on the spot.
The impact of the accident, it was observed chopped off the front row of
the trailer while the first seven rows of the Luxury bus collapsed with
most of the passengers dead, including the driver of the Luxury bus.
Our correspondent who was passing through the highway at about 8.00
am yesterday saw scores of corpses with some mangled bodies been
conveyed into vehicles by men of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
About six bodies of the affected passengers were counted which had their
heads completely severed, as FRSC officers, the Police and sympathisers
all combined to gather some severed human parts into nylon bags which
were conveyed along with the corpses to the mortuary.
Also, about 32 cows were counted dead at the scene of the accident,
while the surviving ones were seen scattered around the scene of the
One of the victims of the accident who identified herself as Chinyere
said that she lost her husband. The couple had just wedded.
The accident caused a serious traffic gridlock along the highway as
motorists had to pass through the bush path to negotiate their way out of
When contacted, the state sector of the FRSC confirmed the accident, but
declined to give the actual figure of casualties.