The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed an incident about the immersion of an 18-seater commercial bus into a river in Ogun state on Thursday, October 15.
According to Vanguard, the bus had an unspecified number of passengers who may have drowned following the plunging of the bus into the Arun River at Ogere, near Ijebu Ode in the state.
In line with the confirmation by the NEMA public information officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed in Lagos that rescue operation had begun.
He said: “A report has just reached NEMA that an 18-seater bus plunged into Arun River at Ogbere, after Ijebu Ode in Ogun state.
“NEMA, in strong partnership with the Ogun state government, Ijebu East local government council, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Nigerian police have mobilised local volunteers and divers to begin recovery of the victims.”
He noted, however, that only two bodies had been recovered from the scene.
However, there are reports that this incident is the first to have vehicle plunge into the Arun River. It was said that there had been similar cases some years back.
In recent times, there have been accidents occurring on both major highways and local roads.
Just few days ago during last weekend, six persons were seriously injured in a fatal accident that occurred at the Ile-Ise Awo junction along Lagos-Abeokuta road few kilometres to Neuro Psychatric hospital in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Also around the same period, it was reported that at least 16 members of an extended family were crushed to death in a fatal road mishap that happened at Gwarzo-Kano road leaving 11 other people with varying degrees of injury in the accident.
It was also reported that 25 people were confirmed dead in another road accident that happened in Umuchu town in Anambra state over the same weekend.
PM News had reported that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle after its brake failed leaving about 25 people dead on the spot with over 40 others who were seriously injured rushed to different hospitals in the area.
Meanwhile, a boat mishap around the Kikiri Imore area in Apapa, Lagos state, claimed the life of one person while 20 others were rescued from the boat.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, the accident occurred due to a fishing net which affected the boat’s engine. The boat was said to be heading to Ogun state.