- Five passengers traveller onboard a heavily loaded trailer have been killed in an unfortunate incident in Lagos
- The travellers were killed when the driver of the trailer they boarded tried driving past a dangling electric wire
- The high tension wire reportedly affected the trailer which is basically made of metal killing five of them while about 15 others were critically injured
Some travellers mostly motorcyclists headed to the northern part of the country from Lagos state have died from the effect of a high tension wire.
Daily Trust reports that the travellers were still in the popular trailer park, Danlami Garage close to Apapa area of Lagos when the incident occurred.
It was gathered that the travellers had boarded a trailer heavy loaded with wheat chaff, flour mills and motorcycles belonging to some of the travellers when the driver drove towards a dangling wire.
Witnesses said while people around the area were shouting and warning the driver to stop, he continued driving causing one of the passengers on the trailer to lift the wire with his bare hands.
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The young motorcyclist was said to have been killed by the high tension wire and died on the spot while the other four passengers died from the effect of the wire touching the body of the trailer.
Confirming the incident, the Sarkin Hausawa Ajegunle, Alhaji Idris Nasidi, said the victims of the unfortunate incident have been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
Also, a leader of the Hausa community in the area said, Alhaji Laraban said 15 other victims who got injured from the incident were rushed to a nearby hospital but only two people who had minor injuries were accepted for treatment.
He also noted that the police officers at the railway station in Apapa have arrested the driver of the trailer.
One of the survivors of the incident, Zuladaini Muhammed, said they were over 45 passengers perching on the trailer loaded with goods.
“Majority of us inside the truck were commercial motorcycle riders and the pressure from the police and Lagos State government was too much on us, hence we decided to go back home. Some of us that had motorcycles joined the truck with their motorcycles and paid N6500 each, while those who didn’t have paid N3000 each."
Noting that some of them were indigenes of Jigawa state, Muhammed said the trailer driver was headed to Nguru in Yobe state but had agreed to drop them off in Kano.
Another survivor, Isiyaku Adamu, who lost his brother in the incident is recovering at a private hospital in the state.
“He is my blood brother and we were travelling to Jigawa State. This is our first time coming to Lagos; we did not even spend two months in the state. We are hawking bottled water and other soft drinks in traffic.
“What I can only remember when the incident was about to happen was when people were shouting at the driver. From there I was not in my senses."
"The current pushed me out of the truck into one gutter; I fell with my head while my legs were outside the gutter. What I can remember is that I saw many people surrounding me, and I tried to stand up but they said I should just relax.”
In October, a report from Sahara Reporters showed that six worshippers died at the El-Adonai Evangelical Ministry in Abule Egba, Lagos.
The incident happened after a high tension wire in the area suddenly snapped and fell on the church pole.
Witnesses said the incident which led to the death of the worshippers occurred at about 7.34 am in the morning.
Students protest the killing of schoolmates by Lagos truck driver
Legit.ng previously reported that students of Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary School in Lagos state protested on Wednesday, December 8.
The students who hit the streets of Lagos protested the killing of the schoolmates by a truck driver in the Ojudu Berger area of Lagos state.
Tragedy struck in Lagos state as a truck killed many students along Isheri Road on Tuesday, December 7.
It was gathered that the students were said to be returning from school when the truck allegedly suffered a brake failure and rammed into them.
The driver of the truck made attempt to run away but was caught and taken to the police station around the area.
Eight kids die in an abandoned car in Lagos state
In another news, no less than eight children were confirmed dead on Saturday, December 4, after they were found in a parked car in Lagos.
The vehicle in which the kids died possibly of suffocation was parked along Adelayo Street, Jah-Michael Bus-Stop, off Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
According to the spokesman of the police command in the state on Sunday, December 5, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the children unknowingly locked themselves in the car while playing.