FRSC releases interim report on crash that killed Minister James Ocholi, wife, son

Photo Credit: FRSC
Photo Credit: FRSC

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, on Monday released an interim report on the auto crash that killed the Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi and his wife and son.

Mr. Oyeyemi attributed the accident to a busted tyre which resulted in the loss of control and somersaulting of the minister’s official car.

Giving details of what happened, Mr. Oyeyemi said the crash occurred at kilometer 67 Kaduna-Abuja road, after Doka village.

“The crash occurred at about 1500hrs and involved two vehicles: one Toyota Lexus LX570 car and a backup car,” he said.

“Three lives were lost in the incident. While the minister and his son died instantly, the wife later died at the Doka Hospital near Kaduna.”

The corps marshal further disclosed that as soon as the crash occurred, the FRSC rescue teams were mobilised from the ambulance point and unit command at Doka and Kateri respectively, to the scene where they carried out the rescue activities.

Saying Monday’s report of the incident was preliminary, Mr. Oyeyemi said he had “ordered full investigation into the causes of the crash to determine what led to the ghastly crash in order to prevent future occurrence.”

The FRSC boss commiserated with President Muhamadu Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council and the family of the deceased persons over the tragedy.

“The death of the minister in the crash was a tragic incident that again challenged the road safety agency to step up its campaigns against accidents,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

The FRSC boss said he was personally touched and would work with relevant stakeholders to develop appropriate strategies that could address future occurrences.

Mr. Oyeyemi said the FRSC remained determined to work with the executive and members of the National Assembly as well as other relevant bodies to work out appropriate modalities for ensuring crash-free roads.

He said training and retraining of government drivers was part of the immediate measures being taken by the FRSC to avert convoy crashes in the country.

He noted that when FRSC trained the drivers of the governors’ convoys, the benefits in terms of improved driving culture became immediately noticeable, saying the corps would be working with members of the Federal Executive Council to train and re-train convoy drivers.

“We are working with the minister of works, power and housing to install traffic signs at some strategic points along the highways.

“We are equally committed to working with the National Assembly to step up advocacy and enforcement strategies to curtail issues of speed violation and promotion of use of seatbelt,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

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  • Rommel

    If they were doing the required speed,would the bursting of a rear tire cause such a scene? the tire of an SUV is quite heavy so to burst would mean poor maintenance or fairly used tired instead of new ones, I find this report inconclusive,

    • Otile

      You see, those the gods want to destroy they first make mad. What induced the unnecessary speed? Was Aboki running away from the poor people he cheated or what?

      • Ashibogu

        Otile, I beg help me ask the FRSC why the interim report on Sunday’s accident on Jos-Bauchi Road that claimed the lives of eighteen Nigerians from various tribes and tongues. Abi the lives of other Nigerians no matter? Shame to FRSC! Na only to stay road collect egunje dem know. Yeye dey smell! We will march on their office if dem no release the Interim Report on the Bauchi accident.

        • Otile

          Under Buhari’s dark leadership, one way or another, the blood of dogs and baboons will flow on the streets. It was said.

          • sam

            They will not tell us now that over speeding caused the accident. Even if the tire busted in motion and the speed is moderate the accident could not be fatal like this. The Governors and all the government officials speed is too much. They always speed like a mad man. Speed limit law should be made to protect everyone.

          • Babso

            Overspeed or normal speed, expect the worst if the front tyre burst and the driver immediately step on the brake. The car will definitely sumersault and the outcome can better be imagine if the occupants are not with their seat belts.

      • aisha ani

        PDP has done its worst, daris a God!

      • jude L/A USA

        Please please guys, this is not your usual rantings in SR. This a very serious issue. This guy, Late minister Ocholi, I was told, was a very rational human being. Since the announcement of his death, I have been reflecting on the life of this great Nigerian. I went back to youtube, to watch his ministerial screening with the Saraki-led Nigerian Senate of “dishonorable” members. I saw a patriot, projecting and marshalling out how to tackle the hybrid of problems bedeviling the judicial sector. Especially the pity state of judicial officers, who retired into penury. I could not agree less with President Muhammed Buhari, that the government, and indeed the Nigerian nation has lost a great component of change. May his gentle soul, that of his wife and son, and ALL other departed souls, rest in peace. Amen.

  • Ashibogu

    Story! While we mourn the death of the Minister and two members of his household we should also remember eighteen Nigerians who died on Jos-Bauchi Road the same day. That is my problem with Nigerian leaders, they think their lives are better than ours. No one has bothered to send condolences to families of the Bauchi tragedy. It is a big shame! Femi Adesina, you fall my hand! It is a very big oversight. Even if we know that you guys don’t care about us you should have said something about Bauchi victims for sake of political correctness. Haba!

  • Cogito ergo sum

    Editor Premium Times,

    Was Minister Ocholi murdered?

    I have read yours and all other media accounts. I saw no clear-cut evidence of an accident. This is why.
    Even assuming that the driver of Minister Ocholi was overspeeding and pressed on the brakes suddenly,
    to cause the car to somersault, how come the driver suffered no skin bruises requiring hospital treatment?
    And how come the security car behind Minister Ocholi – which reportedly ran into Minister Ocholi’s car from
    the rear (according to some news reports) – did not report any injuries at all to any of that car’s occupants?
    I have raised these questions to enable the Police raise its gaze on other causes of death than a burst tyre.

    • So oju abe niko

      One reason why the driver was unhurt was because he was belted, while the minister and his family in the back seats were not belted. My great niece and 3 other friends walked away from a big accident last year. The car was a total write off but all 4 girls walked away from the accident without any scratch because all were belted. My great niece’s car was rear-ended by a drunk driver, and her car somersaulted for about 400 metres starting from the point of first impact. If any of the kids was not belted, the unbelted kid would have been dead for sure in a car that started somersaulting at about 120km.

      • Babso

        I witnessed an accident along Lagos-Ibadan express-way last year that look like the one involving your niece and all occupants including a 6 months old baby walked of the car out without a scratch. God saves their lives by making them to use their seat belts. It was their time and so they forgot to put their seatbelt on. Too bad and so sad indeed.

  • blogNaija

    strength for the family of Barr. James Ocholi at this difficult time in Jesus name- amen!
    FRSC focus is ABUJA (where there is plenty cash to make). within Abuja, notorious spots where road crashes often occur- they have no passion to place good signage to address the ugly trend. they seems to be satisfied with staying at dark spot only for the cash that comes into the organization.
    out of the penalties on motorist, a percentage should go in for safety jingles/advert, signage on black spots, training of officers. positioning itself as an agency of government raking in revenue to FG is anathema.
    partnering with companies to make money from motorist is a diversion (reflectors, speed limit); the real partner should be the Ministry of Works to address the increasing potholes on our highways.
    FRSC need a rebirth to make our road safe!

  • Baba Ahmed

    This accident is not real. It seems there is conspiracy.
    One day truth will come out. RIP-James,wife and son.

  • ojays

    Hope nobody will rush to conclude that it wad tire or whatever. Let ministry of transport MOT investigate. It might be tire, over speeding and lost of control. The vehicle’s suspension system might be bad even from factory. The brake systems might fail due to sensor faults again from factory. SUV the centre of gravity might be too high if appropriate tires was not used.
    Let MOT investigate and compare with similar accidents involving that car worldwide. In that case the manufacturer will have to compensate the family of the victims.

  • Withness

    This report by the FRSC is very misleading. I was there when the accident occurred. I was travelling from Kaduna to Abuja too at the time of the accident. I was among the first people that arrived the scene immediately after the accident. The accident occurred at km 49 from Kaduna before Doka village and NOT km 67 after Doka village as reported by the FRSC. And for about 30 minutes that I was there, no single Road Safety official came. the injured were evacuated in the pilot car of the minister while the dead were evacuated in a police pick up van. up to the time I left the place, NO ANY Road Safety official came. It is sad if the FRSC gave a false report which is very misleading