Oyo: 18 Passengers, 2 Drivers Die In Moniya- Iseyin Road Accident


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Twenty people including 18: passengers and two drivers met their untimely death on Saturday in a motor accident that occurred along Iseyin – Moniya road in Iseyin town 
New Nigerian gathered that 9 members of a Baptist Church in Ibadan including a Pastor traveling back to Ibadan after attending a ceremony were among those that died in the auto crash.
Our Correspondent gathered that the accident involved two Mazda buses with one said to be coming Saki  heading towards  Ibadan while the other Mazda bus heading towards Iseyin- Saki axis of the state.
According to eye witness account, all the passengers and the drivers of the Two Mazda died on the spot  of the accident said to be at  kilometer 2 Cattle market area of  Iseyin .
The eye witness stated that trouble started when the two Mazda buses collided  while negotiating a sharp bend at the Cattle market area in Iseyin with the two buses reportedly traveling at a very high speed resulting in the immediate death of all the passengers.
It was learnt that wife of Baptist church Pastor  also said to be in one of the buses is presently in comma as she suffered broken legs and arms,
The eye witness said the corpse  of the 9 members of the Baptist Church  have been deposited at Our Lady Hospital in Iseyin, while the remaining corpses were deposited at FADOK hospital, also in Iseyin
Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U), in a statement on the accident called on  the Oyo state government to urgently put in place, speed breakers at locations such as  ‘Serafu’, kilometer 2 Cattle market and the Iseyin Muslim Burial ground junction along the  Iseyin-Moniya road to dissuade motorists from over-speeding.
IDU in the statement  by its National President, Alhaji Bayo Raji, maintained that the speed breakers became  imperative as many lives and properties have been lost to road carnage along the newly reconstructed 76 kilometers road.
According to Alhaji Raji,  the areas mentioned have villages or markets where human and vehicular movements are always high as well as sharp bends need speed breakers to force motorists into reducing their speed.
The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba  Abdganiy Salawudeen Adekunle while commiserating with the families of the victim  on Sunday urged motorists traveling on the Moniya – Iseyin road  to value human lives and exercise patience during the ember months.

As at the time of sending this report, a  source at the Oyo state FRSC headquarters in Ibadan told the New Nigerian that the office is still awaiting reports on the accident considering the fact that the FRSC command is yet to have its unit  in the Moniya – Iseyin road.


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