Five more bodies recovered from river after bus accident

NEMA officials [Photo:]

A total of 18 bodies have now been recovered.

By Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji with agency reports


Five more corpses have been recovered among the passengers of a commuter bus that plunged into a river in the Ogun state section of the Sagamu-Ore Expressway, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

While briefing reporters in Abeokuta on Tuesday, NEMA Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, said so far, 18 bodies had been recovered, while three passengers survived.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported  how a bus travelling from Lagos to Edo State veered off a dual carriage bridge into a river at the J4, Ogbere-Ijebu stretch of the Sagamu – Ore expressway. Three people survived the accident and were rescued.

A day after the accident, 12 bodies, including that of the bus driver, were recovered from the river. The 36-seater bus is believed to have been carrying 21 passengers before the accident. Most of the victims were travelling to Edo to attend a burial ceremony.

“All the remaining five bodies have been discovered this morning, bringing the total to 21 as Madam Christina Umwena, a survivor, revealed that 21 people were on board.

“Families of the victims have been collecting the remains of their relations at the Ijebu-Ode General Hospital,” Mr. Farinloye said.

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