Container falls, kills Okada rider and his passenger in Lagos


A 40-foot container fell off the truck conveying it and crushed two unidentified men in Mowe, Ogun State, close to a car park of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Eyewitnesses said the crash, which occurred around 1.30pmon Wednesday, was caused by over-speeding and loss of control on the part of the truck driver.

There were four male passengers in the truck, including the driver, when the incident happened.

Police officers immediately intervened to prevent the occupants of the truck from being lynched by a mob.

The truck, an IVECO model articulated vehicle, was marked Lagos APP 109 XQ.

Confirming the incident, Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the driver was already in police custody.

“The truck lost control and fell on the commercial motorcyclist and the passenger he was carrying, killing both men on the spot.

“Their bodies have been deposited at Fakoya Morgue in Sagamu, while the crushed motorcycle, truck and driver are in the custody of the RCCG Police Command.

“TRACE is again using this opportunity to plead with drivers of articulated vehicles to avoid excessive speeding.

“They should always carry out proper maintenance on their vehicles before embarking on any journey because of the attendant consequences,” he said.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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