N27.171, 400, and N21,900 have been recovered at the scene of a fatal multiple car crash that claimed six lives on Tuesday morning, April 4, 2023.
The money was recovered by the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osun Sector Command.
According to the crash report, the collision involved a green Zafira Opel Saab with the licence plate GBA 440XA and a red Toyota Sienna with the plate KTU 896HX which were travelling in opposite directions on the Ipetu-Ilesa axis of the Ilesa-Akure highway.
The Osun FRSC Sector Public Education Officer, Agnes Ogungbemi, who confirmed the incident said N27.171, 400 was handed over to the relatives of the victims while the N21,900 belonging to the driver was handed over to the police in Ijebu-Ijesa.
“The accident involved 11 males and three females. Six males lost their lives, while seven others sustained severe injuries and only one person was unhurt. The injured victims were taken to Wesley hospital Ilesa while bodies were deposited at the same hospital morgue,” Ogunyemi stated.
“N21,900 that belongs to the driver who drove GBA440XA OPEL ZAFIRA was handed over to the Nigeria Police Ijebu Ijesa. The Nigerian Police towed the vehicles to their station,”
The sum of twenty seven million, one hundred and seventy one thousand, four hundred Naira (N27,171,400) only was recovered and handed over to the victims’ family members,” she added.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria correspondent, Isaac Haastrup, shortly after presenting the funds to the victims’ relatives represented by leaders of the Hausa communities in Ijesaland, the Ipetu-Ijesa unit commander, deputy corps commander, Bamide Ayanwale, attributed the accident on unsafe overtaking and excessive speed.
He cautioned the drivers plying the Ipetu-Ijesa highway to drive carefully in order to avoid loss of lives and property.
Receiving the money on behalf of the leadership of the Hausa community, Alhaji Isiaka Alilu thanked the officers of the FRSC, especially, the leader of the rescue team, Mr. R.A Omolekulo for their patriotism and sincerity which has carved the corps name on hearts.
The money was given to the victims’ family members in the presence of personnel from the Nigerian Air Force base Ipetu Ijesa, and NURTW members.