An auto crash, yesterday, claimed nine persons along
Abakiliki-Enugu expressway. Eight of the victims were
said to be supporters of the All Progressives
Congress, APC,and Labour Party, LP, in Ebonyi
State.They were crushed to death at Ezzamgbo
junction in Ohaukwu Local Government area of
The accident involved a Toyota Sienna and a tipper
lorry with registration number HKW 436 XA. The
victims were said to be heading to Enugu state to
witness the Ebonyi governorship and National
Assembly ruling at the Appeal Court, Enugu, while the
conductor of the tipper also died on the spot.
It was gathered that the APC branded Toyota Sienna
vehicle is owned by APC House of Representatives
candidate in the last general election, Uche Nshii but
there were conflicting reports that his friends in LP
were also in the vehicle. The sector commander of
the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, in Ebonyi, Mr
Charles Abuochi in an interview confirmed the
incident but maintained that details concerning the
auto crash were still scanty.
“There is an accident that happened along the
Ezzangbo, Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway. “Our
men are still at the scene of the crash to ensure free
flow of traffic but preliminary report confirmed that
nine persons died on the spot while one person
sustained grave injuries and had been rushed to the
Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
“Corpses of deceased victims have been deposited at
the mortuary,”Abuochi said. According to him, the
accident victims were party supporters traveling to
Enugu to observe the Appeal Court ruling on Ebonyi
governorship election petition sitting in Enugu.
He said the driver of the Sienna was traveling on a
high speed when he lost control and crashed into the
vehicles coming from the opposite direction.