Dangote truck, CRV plunge into river

The Dangote truck that caused the collapse

A Dangote truck and a Honda CRV plunged into a river after an auto crash which occurred on Saturday along Ijebu-Ode/Benin Expressway.

The Commander of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Seni Ogunyemi, confirmed the accident to PREMIUM TIMES late Saturday.

He said the two vehicles, whose number plates were yet to be ascertained, plunged into the Omo River in Area J4 along the road.

He said the auto crash occurred as a result of over-speeding.

The casualty was yet to be ascertained Saturday night, the official said.

Rescue efforts have commenced with officials from various agencies and local divers working to rescue possible survivors and extract the vehicles.


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  • Alalibo Karibo

    Dangote trucks accidents have become a reoccurring decimal on Roads nationwide. Is this company making money at the expense of the blood of Nigerians? The FRSC should begin to look into the driving pattern of these trucks, their driver and their mental stability. The police must look into Dangote’s truck accidents with a view to minimizing the occurrence.

  • JasV

    Just because your name is dangote doesn’t mean your employees/drivers should now be behaving/drive like gotes

  • Kill Korruption

    Dangote trucks have been killing a lot of Nigerians on the roads. What are the federal and state governments doing about putting a stop on this growing carnage??? Must Nigerians die for Dangote to get richer? This is unacceptable.

  • Netanyahu

    No week passes without one accident involving Dangote trucks. This is serious. I understand in trying to reduce graduate unemployment, he sometime ago opted to hire and train only graduates to haul their cement products round the country. This has undoubtedly led to too many untimely deaths on our roads. Something needs to be done urgently by the authorities before the situation gets off hand. FRSC needs to keep an eye on these drivers. Pull them up on the highways and confirm they are not high on something.

  • Mentus

    I do hope Dangote and other Tanker owners are made to take out adequate insurance for their vehicles. The families of these victims should be compensated for their loss through their insurance.
    I know at least two famlies in the past 18 months who have lost their loved ones to a Dangote vehicle and a tanker respectively. The poor families had to raise money to collect the remains of their relatives without anybody accounting or being held responsible for dangerous/ reckless driving.
    People should be made aware of their right to pursue compensation from the owners of the vehicles and I hope that Nigeria will have the benefit of ‘Lawyers without borders’ who can pursue the interest of the voiceless in such situation.
    As has been said this is happening far too often but it is obvious pulling Dangote’s vehicle out safely will take priority over rescuing people. This is Nigerians’ mentality.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Not just that, @Mentus.

      I am hoping that the relevant repair agencies understand and appreciate that Dangote and the other vehicle owners are made to foot the repair bills depending on which of them is responsible for the accident.

      About time though, that heavy haulages are taken off our roads and placed on rails and our inland waterways opened up. I can’t understand why the Rivers Benue and Niger have never been used effectively to move goods from the sea to the hinterland. In a proper economic setting, the Niger Delta should be the gateway into the heart of the country, whilst the Lagos Port is used more for the Westerrn Nigeria. The two river routes should be playing hosts to other hinterland ports, but hey, what do we know?