Umahi weeps at scene of Ebonyi accident, 15 bodies out of 30 victims retrieved

By AdvocateNews on 20/09/2020

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The bus that crashed into the river
The bus that crashed into the river

• Buhari expresses sadness over Ebonyi River tragedy

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Saturday, visited the Akaeze bridge, the scene of the tragic accident that reportedly claimed 30 lives.

The Governor who was visibly saddened by the ugly incident with misty eyes ordered a full investigation, warning drivers to always exercise caution while plying routes.

At the scene of the incident, were personnel of the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency.

Umahi sympathised with the families of the deceased, saying, “I am saddened over this ugly incident. It is indeed devastating but we cannot question God.

“I sympathise with the families of those that are involved in this ugly incident and urge them to look unto God in this trying time as only Him can close the vacuum. 

“I equally call on all the security agencies to as a matter of urgency, expedite action in unveiling the reason behind the ugly occurrence as I urge drivers to always exercise caution while plying routes.”

It will be recalled that the bus carrying 32 passengers plunged into the river on Friday night.

Four persons were rescued alive while the bodies of15 dead persons have been rescued between Friday and Saturday.

Search is still ongoing for the remaining persons at press time.

Meanwhile,  President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed sadness over the motor accident on Akaeze-Ukwu River in Ebonyi State that claimed many lives on Friday night.

The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled “President Buhari sympathises with Ebonyi State following Akaeze-Ukwu River tragedy”, sent heartfelt condolences to the families that lost dear ones in the accident.

According to the statement, Buhari expressed his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the motor accident.

“We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives,” the statement quoted the President as saying.

Buhari was said to have added that the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Nigeria are with the families of the victims of this accident.

He commended the Ebonyi State government for spearheading the rescue and recovery efforts as well as the support it has received from the neighbouring state governments in that regard.

Posted 20/09/2020 12:59:29 AM

 

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