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Five die as car plunges into canal in Kogi state

Five persons said to be coming from Oga Community on their way to Lokoja in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State on Saturday drowned when a car plunged into a canal along River Niger in the State.

Penpushing reports that Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Pius Kolawale, confirmed the incident which occurred at about 4.30 p.m. on Friday, stressing that the incident was very sad and unfortunate.

The council boss, however, confirmed that one of the five occupants in the car escaped death as he swam to safety, having been aided by a fisherman, who unfortunately himself drowned, explaining that among the dead include three ladies and two men, as well as the fisherman. .

“Among the dead are three ladies and two men, including the fisherman. The five of them were coming from Oga Community on their way to Lokoja but unfortunately just along the canal, where there is a very sharp corner, they lost control and went straight into the canal.’ he stated

“Only one of the occupants of the car escaped while four died, including three ladies. The fifth person that died was a good samaritan, a fisherman, who tried to save them but died in the process’, Kolawale said

Penpushing further reports that he explained that when the incident happened at about 4.30 p.m. on Friday, he put a call to the Council’s Police Divisional Officer (DPO), who came with his officials and took the corpses to a morgue.

“Already, family members of the deceased have come and taken their corpses today for burial. That very road the incident happened is that of Niger River Basin Authority solely for the maintenance of the dam but people travelling from Oga to Lokoja take advantage of it to cross over to Ebira and continue their journey to Lokoja as a shortcut’,  he said.

Penpushing also reports that the chairman of the local government area, however, appealed to the road users, especially motorists, to drive with care and avoid speed violations while plying the known busy road.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander, of Kogi State Command Stephen Dawulung, who equally confirmed the incident, described it as very unfortunate, noting that the road was not a conventional one but that because of the advantage it offered to travellers as a short route, they kept plying it.

Penpushing reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander called on motorists to always ensure they maintained traffic rules and regulations to avoid lives and property wastage, observing that the lone accident could have been avoided if they were not on speed on that faithful day.

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