By Adibe Emenyonu
Operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) at the weekend, invited two management staff of the “Young Shall Grow” Transport Company in Benin-City, Edo State for questioning, following an accident involving the company’s commercial bus, which had raised security concern.
The accident, which occurred along the Benin-Agbor Road last Friday, was said to have claimed four lives, while about 11 persons said to be Malian and Niger Republic nationals reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries in the accident.
The critically injured passengers and the bodies of the four passengers were rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for medical attention while other passengers were have to have been taken to a private hospital.
The accident reportedly occurred when the Young Shall Grow commuter was hit from behind while attempting to overtake a trailer. Trouble began for the driver of the commercial bus at the UBTH, when it was discovered that all the passengers in the bus were non-Nigerians. According to a source, many of the passengers are citizens of Mali, while others hailed are from Niger Republic.
Suspecting the mission of the passengers, officials of the UBTH were said to have held the driver and the bus and quickly contacted operatives of the SSS who in turn invited two management staff of the Young Shall Grow Transport Company for questioning.
The source alleged that the passengers had no travelling documents on them and that the SSSwas investigating the incident to determine their mission in the country.
Meanwhile, the two passengers whose condition was critical on Saturday at the UBTH were said to be stable Sunday.