Ebonyi accident: Buhari, Umahi console victims' families


President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor David Umahi have consoled the families who lost over 30 persons in the accident which took place at the Akaeze-Ukwu River in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

A 608 model bus was conveying over 32 passengers on Friday, travelling along the Akaeze-Ishaiagu Road, in the area and plunged into a river, but over 30 persons were reportedly dead.

Four persons were rescued alive while the corpses of 15 dead persons have been recovered between Friday and Saturday.

In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Mr. President, Garba Shehu, described the incident as a colossal loss of human lives.

“We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives,” the president said, adding that the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Nigeria are with the families of the victims of this accident.

Buhari commended the Ebonyi State government for its fastness for the rescue and recovery efforts as well as the support it has received from the neighbouring state governments in that regard.

Governor Umahi, on Saturday, visited the Akaeze bridge, the scene of the tragic accident that reportedly claimed 30 lives.

The governor who was visibly saddened by the ugly incident with misty eyes ordered a full investigation, warning drivers to always exercise patience while plying routes.

At the scene of the incident, were personnel of the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency.

He sympathised with the families of the deceased, saying, “I am saddened over this ugly incident. It is indeed devastating but we cannot question God.

“I sympathise with the families of those that are involved in this ugly incident and urge them to look unto God in this trying time as only Him can close the vacuum.

“I equally call on all the security agencies to as a matter of urgency, expedite action in unveiling the reason behind the ugly occurrence as I urge drivers to always exercise caution while plying routes.”

However a search is still ngoing on for the remaining 13 persons as at the time this report was filed. 

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