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Federal, state agencies give conflicting figures on victims of Epe road crash

The failed synergy between Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) on Tuesday brought conflicting reports on casualty figures for the victims of a motor accident in the Alaro City area of Epe, Lagos State.

Penpushing reports that, while the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) said the accident killed 16 people, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in contrary put the fatality figure at five as at the time of filing this report.

The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Olabisi Sonusi, in a statement said   the night journey claimed 16 persons, all said to be males, attributing the accident to impaired visibility as a result of reckless driving within the construction corridor.

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“The crash occurred at 0300hrs due to impaired visibility as a result of reckless driving within the construction corridor. A total number of Twenty-three male adults were involved in the crash that claimed the life of Sixteen (16 Male adults), the Five (5) injured were taken to the Hospital by the FRSC rescue team”, Sonusi stated

Penpushing further reports that, the agency spokesperson said, two people were unscathed in the crash, explaining that, vehicles involved include a white bus with registration number KTN 262YJ and an Articulated truck, which registration number was unknown,”

“The vehicles involved in the crash were a white bus with Registration number KTN 262YJ and an Articulated truck (Registration Number unknown). FRSC operatives and other emergency management agencies are on the ground ensuring prompt recovery and evacuation of all crashed vehicles,” she said.

Penpushing also reports that, in contrast to that information, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement said that five male adults died in the accident.

“Upon the arrival of the LASEMA Response Team, LRT Whale’s Squad at Epe at the incident scene, it was revealed that a truck conveying sand had a head-on collision with a hummer commuter bus with 6 passengers on board’, Oke-Osanyintola said.

“Furthermore, the two vehicles got burnt as a result of the impact of the collision, unfortunately, 5 adult males (all from Katsina State) were burnt beyond recognition. The bodies had been handed over to their relatives”, the permanent secretary said

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