Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bush burning consumes eight trucks in Abeokuta, as 18 passengers escape death in auto crash

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Eight trucks were burnt down on Friday in Ogun State.

About eight trucks were burnt on Friday in a fire incident that gutted the premises of the Gateway Portland Cement factory in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The fire, which was alleged to have been caused by bush burning around the factory, occurred at about 12 midnight and ravaged the section where abandoned trailers were parked.

On a visit to the scene of the fire, The Import Manager of the company, Funmilayo Festus-Sunday, described the fire incident as mysterious.

She said that nobody could ascertain the cause of the fire, although other sources traced it to the bush burners.

Similarly, an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, from Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Sodiq Owolabi, told journalists at the scene of the incident that the Corps quickly mobilised its rescue team and an ambulance vehicle with registration number CD 104 AO 1 to the scene.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Kareem Olanrewaju, also confirmed the incident, which he traced to bush burning by suspected hunters.

He further warned residents, particularly hunters to desist from the act of bush burning, adding that where necessary, they should always endeavour to stay and monitor the fire.

 

Auto Crash

In another development, 18 passengers narrowly escaped death in an auto crash which occurred in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The 18- seater Toyota Hiace bus, which left Ibadan, en-route Abeokuta to Lagos, somersaulted in Oke-Ilewo area and ran into a fence of the former state secretariat.

The auto crash, which occurred at about 11:35 a.m., however, left five people seriously injured. The injured persons were rushed to a state hospital in Sokenu area of the town in the NSCDC ambulance vehicle marked with registration number CD 041A01.

The bus had the registration number (Abuja) BR437GWA and the inscription “Federal Assisted Mass Transit Scheme Managed by Urban Development Bank of Nigeria”.

Barely few minutes after the crash, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, stormed the scene to rescue the passengers.

An official of the NSCDC, who spoke with journalists at the scene, said the driver of the bus took to his heels immediately after the accident occurred.

One of the passengers, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, revealed that the accident occurred due to a brake failure.

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