By Busari Yusuf
Tragedy struck at Owode-Elede area of Ikorodu, Lagos today, Friday 17, after a GUO bus conveying travellers from Enugu plunged into the lagoon.
According to the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, South West Zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, three persons including the motor boy have been recovered dead while forty-eight people have been rescued out of which nine are being treated at the Emergency-Trauma section at the toll gate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
He said although the accident occurred around 3:00am, search and rescue was ongoing as at 9am.
He said, “It has been confirmed that there is no more victim in the river.
“Some people are said to have walked out immediately after the incident before the arrival of emergency agencies.
“We have 48 rescued alive, three dead, while nine of the survivors are being attended to at Lagos State Emergency Trauma Centre at Toll Gate on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.”
The affected bus, with registration number GDC386YE, belonged to G.U.O Transport Services Ltd.
A survivor of the accident, Mr. Kenneth Aaron, said that the bus, which was coming from Aba, Abia State, had the accident around 3:05 a.m.
He said, “I entered the bus in Onitsha with four of my brothers. The bus passed through Ikorodu because of the ongoing construction on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“It seemed an accident happened in the area before which spilled diesel onto the road.
“By the time our bus got to the spot, it skidded, hit the culvert and plunged into the river.”
According to him, the 50-seater bus was full with passengers and had additional standing passengers (attachment) who were picked on the way.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed the death of three and many injured.
He said, “We got the report of an accident around 4.30 a.m and our men responded and commenced recovery mission immediately.
“The initial assessment is that the road demarcation here, the driver probably did not understand the road very well, came to the junction suddenly, applied the brake and lost control.
“The first set of people we brought out had injuries and were treated by our paramedic team; two people died immediately.