- About 5 delegates traveling to the second national council meeting of the Niger Delta died in a motor accident
- The delegates were travelling from Akure, the state capital to Igbokoda,
- Four other delegates were also injured in an accident that occurred at Ode-Aye on Ore Okitipupa Road
About 5 delegates traveling to the second national council meeting of the Niger Delta in Ondo state died in a motor accident on Tuesday, September 12.
According to The Punch, the delegates, whose identities were not yet ascertained as at the time of filing this report were travelling from Akure, the state capital to Igbokoda, for the summit which Vice President Yemi Osibajo was to preside over.
We gathered that that four other delegates were injured in the accident that occurred at Ode-Aye on Ore Okitipupa Road.
An eyewitness speaking to SaharaReporters disclosed that it occurred at the Agric Junction on Okitipupa Road.
The witness said the accident involved no fewer than three passenger vehicles traveling for the interactive session of the conference.
“It is a serious accident and I saw many of them with tags bearing something like Niger Delta Conference,” the witness said.
Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo state police command, confirming the accident said it was caused by excessive speed.
The vice president, who was not involved in the accident, will speak alongside Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at an interactive session of the conference, entitled “Fast Tracking the Development and Peace of the Niger Delta Region: Options and Prospects.”
There was tight security at the airport and venue of the meeting provided by the police, army, civil defence corps and road marshals among others.
During his visit Osinbajo would meet with communities of riverside areas of Ondo state.