From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, narrowly escaped death Saturday morning when his convoy had a headlong collision with a Peujeot J5 bus stocked with tomatoes and plantain.
The accident occurred at Ewu Village, along the Benin-Auchi road in Edo State at about 9:45am when the governor was returning from Iyamho Village where he had gone to spend the Christmas holiday.
Special adviser to the governor on media and public affairs, Kassim Afegbua, said the bus seemed to have lost control and rammed into the governor’s flag car from the opposite direction, before swerving into a road side ditch.
“Three vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were in front of the Governor’s Flag Car and had passed the Peugeot J5 Bus before it [J5 Bus] had direct impact with the Governor’s Car which had the Governor, his Aide-De-Camp [ADC] and his Driver as occupants,” the statement said.
The governor’s car was said to have been badly affected by the impact of the collision but no injuries were sustained by both sides.
According to Afegbua, “The Peugeot J5 Bus was following a truck that was descending the Ewu Slope when it suddenly veered off into the Governor’s lane from the opposite direction and directly impacted on the Governor’s vehicle, apparently because of brake failure. The good story is that nobody sustained injuries in both vehicles.”
He added that the incident has been reported to the Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further investigation and assured all the people of Edo State that there was no cause for alarm.
No independent account of the incident could be obtained before press time.
Buy it would be recalled that the governor escaped death two years ago when his convoy was involved in another fatal motor accident which claimed the lives of three journalists.