Divers recover two corpses from Ovia river one week after fatal crash

Local divers have recovered two missing bodies who got drowned in Ovia river during a fatal road accident that occurred at the failed portion of the bridge on Benin-Ore Lagos road of Edo State.

FILE: AN EMERGENCY WORKER BRAVING THROUGH WATER BODY

The deceased were among the 11 persons including Salvation Army church Clerics and a baby died when Dangote truck rammed into a 14-seater Toyota Hiace Bus, on Saturday July 1, 2023.

The decomposing bodies of the victims who were on transit from a church programme in Lagos State, were recovered on Saturday July 8.

The development comes after several unsuccessful attempts by local divers to recover the bodies of the casualties for proper burial.

Also, the State governor, Mr Philip Shaibu had mobilized divers to get the missing corpses when he visited the scene last week.

Efforts of the divers, paid of on Saturday July 8, 2023, after family members of the accident victims mobilised the divers to intensify search for the victims.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the youth leaders in Igue-Iye village, Mr Godwin Ogbeide expressed disappointment that since the incident no government agent has visited the scene aside from Edo State deputy Governor.

Ogbeide, accused Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officials and men of the Federal Road maintenance Agency (FERMA) of failing in their responsibilities.

He wonder why relevant government Agencies are yet to mobilise to the area despite the matching order issued by Shaibu to relevant agencies of government to urgently carryout a palliative repair on the failed portion of the road that has become to road users.

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Ogbeide warned that if urgent steps are not taken to address the problems, youths in the area will be mobilised to shut down the federal government road.

Earlier, FRSC confirmed 11 deaths in the accident and eight injured travellers who were thereafter taken to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for urgent medical attention.

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