Groaning, chaos over toll increase

The scene looked tense. It carried a poise of commotion and chaos as drivers kept hooting ear-splitting horns as if in an orchestral competition.   Some were seen struggling with their vehicles which had developed instantaneous faults due to the long wait. At a point before Lekki second roundabout, some drivers alighted from their cars with perturbed looks on their faces as movement came to a complete halt.   Some, however, tried escaping the situation but only succeeded in extending it by hitting other vehicles, which resulted in intense arguments…

Read More

Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

Read More

Two die in Lagos auto crash

Two people lost their lives on Monday in an auto crash that occurred at Gbagada Bus Stop, around Anthony area of Lagos state. It was learnt that tragedy struck when a Volkswagen commercial bus with registration number GGE716XM had a head on collision with another vehicle, identified as a taxi Sources said the incident occurred at about 3 p.m. When contacted, the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, said 14 persons were rescued and had been taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and Trauma Centre by LASAMBUS and the LASEMA…

Read More

Bus fire: 70 Deeper Life members escape death

About 70 members of the Deeper Life Bible Church yesterday escaped death when a luxury bus conveying them back from camp developed a fault and went up in flames. Motorists, pedestrians and other sympathisers at Otedola Bridge area of Lagos- Ibadan Expressway joined the worshipers to praise God for preserving their lives. It was learnt that the worshippers were returning from the fourday ‘Easter Retreat’ at the Deeper Life Bible Church Camp located at Olowotedo area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the bus conveying different families suddenly caught fire. When…

Read More

‘Fleet mgt firms rake in N1.7bn yearly’

The management of Rosabon Financial Services has said that fleet management and other corporate lease solutions made on average return of about N1.7 billion annually from companies in the country. Head, Communication, Kehinde Ruth Onasoga, in a statement, said: “Recent statistics have shown that companies in Nigeria, on the average, spend at least N1.7 billion annually on fleet management and other corporate lease solutions just to be able to address their logistical challenges. “Even at that, combining daily business activities with fleet management operations is becoming an increasingly difficult task…

Read More

What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

Read More

Hair cutting saga: 10 things FRSC officers can’t do – Bisi Kazeem

Sequel to the wide spread criticisms against the Rivers State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Andrew Kumapayi, who cut the hair of some female colleague as a punitive measure for flouting the agency’s dress code, the Head Media Relations and Strategy of the Corps, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, said the action is among 10 things an FRSC’s officer is not supposed to do. According to him, although the Federal Government’s agency has regulations on maintenance of discipline in FRSC, which contains all offences and penalties awardable to…

Read More

Varsity don, pregnant woman, six others die in Ebonyi auto crashes

                …seven injured     A Professor with the Federal University, Ndufu- Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Robert Nneli, and seven others, including a pregnant woman, yesterday lost their lives in multiple accidents that occurred along the Ezzamgbo axis of the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway. Nneli, who is the Dean of Studies of Basic Medicine of the University and Human Physiology, was travelling in his Toyota Camry to his hometown in Anambra State, when the incident occurred. It was gathered that the first accident which involved a Camry and truck occurred at…

Read More

A forced visit to Kumapayi’s barber’s shop

once had an encounter with a cantankerous Federal Road Safety Corps member some years back. He was of the rank and file. The guy who drove my car didn’t use the seat-belt, a punishable traffic offence. I sat beside the driver. I can’t remember any time, I failed to use the seat-belt either when driving or being driven. I also call people’s attention to it whenever they didn’t use their seat-belts. But on this particular day, I think it was an inadvertent error on the part of the guy who…

Read More