Buhari, Umahi Mourn victims of Ebonyi Road Accident

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President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Dave Umahi have expressed condolences over the motor accident on Akaeze-Ukwu River Friday night, in which several passengers died.

A bus, conveying several people on Friday, travelling along the Akaeze-Ishaiagu Road, in Ivo council area of the state, plunged into a river, leaving about 30 persons dead.

Four persons were rescued alive while the bodies of 15 dead persons have been recovered between Friday and Saturday.

President Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said, “We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives.”

He said that the thoughts and prayers of the Government and people of Nigeria were with the families of the victims of this accident.

He also 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.

Mr Umahi, 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.

Governor 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.”

Meanwhile, a search is still ongoing for the remaining 13 persons.

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