NANS blames police for death of its Senate President, four others in road accident

National Association of Nigerian Students

The student leaders died on their way to Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.

The Senate President of the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, Donald Onukuagu, and four other students died on Thursday in a ghastly motor accident in Abia State.

The Vice President, National Affairs of NANS, Ahamed Jibril, said on Thursday that the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday when the victims were on their way to Uyo to meet with protesting students of the University of Uyo.

The statement announced the other victims of the crash as Japhet Duru, AbdulAzeez Kabiru, Jerry Sorcaaa, and Asa Ejiate of Delta state University.

Five others sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Mr. Jibril said.

The student leader claimed that the accident was caused by a barricade put up by officers of the Nigerian Police for stop and search purposes.

Mr. Jibril said the vehicle conveying the student leaders had a head-on collision with another vehicle along Umuhia Road, Abia State, after the police barricade had blocked a section of the road.

The statement also contained a three-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of
Police to provide the police officers responsible for the barricade or face a major NANS action.


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  • Scope Marshall

    My able VP national,we r solidly behind u 2 end the menance in our federal roads

  • Ofili Adama

    Whether
    the crash was induced by the police or not should not be the primary focus the
    police authorities would serially deny its involvement. The important issue on
    this sad incident should be whether these lives could have been saved
    especially before the arrival of the FRSC medical team. The fact is that most
    of such deaths are highly preventable because a lot of people that get their
    lives terminated on the Nigerian roads do not die because of the severity of
    their injuries but simply for lack of immediate rescue efforts like first aid.
    Indeed, it is very sad that our road safety regulators in Nigeria have not made
    it mandatory for drivers to acquire first aid knowledge before driving,
    otherwise other drivers that may have arrived the scene of the crash could have
    assisted. Anyone that thinks the FRSC officers can arrive early enough at most
    road crash scenes must be living in the moon because it takes only five minutes
    for road victims suffering from very simple medical challenges like airway
    blockage, breathing difficulties and circulation problems to die for lack of
    immediate medical assistance like first aid.