By CHRISTY EKPA, Lokoja
The Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) has disclosed that, the 16 people who last their lives at the weekend in a road crash along Lokoja-Gegu-Abuja highway have been given a mass burial.
The Kogi State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Ogochukwu Ugboma, who disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Lokoja said that the victims were burnt beyond recognition , a development that necessitated the
He said that the gender and the identity of the victims could not be ascertained as a result of the severity of burn they sustained.
According to him, the victims were buried in a mass grave at Alewu village on the highway, saying that the police and environmental officials from the Kogi Local Government participated in the burial.
He said that 17 persons were involved in the accident which occurred in the night of Aug. 5 at Alewu village.
He said that all the occupants of the two vehicles involved died in the accident except only one man who sustained minor injury.
Ugboma said that the injured victim was later treated at Ideal Hospital, Koton Karfe and has since been discharged.
The Sector Commander said that the two vehicles involved included a Lagos – Kano bound Toyota Hiace passenger bus with registration number Yobe 11A – 10 YB and a private Nissan Xtera Jeep with registration number Lagos CV 516 LSD heading to Benin from Abuja.
He blamed the drivers of the two vehicles for the accident , stating that the two of them left their lanes which resulted in a head on collision.
On the daily heavy traffic jam on River Niger bridge between Lokoja and Koton Karfe , the Sector Commander said it was due to stop and search being carried out by the military Joint Task Force, urging
commuters to bear with them.