Two of the corpses were found by fishermen.
At least six travelers fleeing armed attackers along Benin-Lagos expressway died weekend after they jumped into a dreaded river in Edo State, officials and witnesses said.
The passengers traveled alongside about a dozen others on a commercial bus from Owerri, the Imo State capital, to Lagos before they were attacked close to the Ovia River.
Witnesses said the passengers took the fatal leap after emerging dazed and injured from a tumbling bus that had come under a blaze of gun fire from the robbers who laid siege near the bridge. The car flipped after the driver attempted a manoeuvre to dodge the gun fire, witnesses said.
Two of the corpses were later recovered by fishermen early morning. They were deposited at the morgue by officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.
The FRSC unit commander, Adewale Ameen, confirmed the incident.
“The bus obviously took off in Lagos at about midnight,” Mr. Ameen said. “FRSC have always warned against night journey. Had it been that this accident occurred in the day time, rescue or quick treatment could have come for the passengers.”
“Again, as this accident and death have shown, people must avoid travelling in the night,” the road safety boss added.