FGGC Oyo Loses Four Students to Road Carnage

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Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

Four schoolgirls from the Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo, lost their lives in a road accident on Sunday while returning to their school after the midterm break.

The victims comprise two senior secondary school students, one in JSS 1 and the other in JSS three class. They died at Sabo market, Oyo, about two kilometers to their campus.

The students, from various destinations, had already arrived in Oyo according to the Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Akin Olumide Omitade, boarded a bus at Owode en route the school before the unfortunate incident.

The affected students, according to Omitade are: John Olubukola, SS3, Giwa Taibat SSS 3, Ladipo Mojisola SSS 1 and Ibirogba Maryam JSS 3.

All of them were buried at the public Muslim cemetery and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) cemetery in Oyo yesterday.

Giving a vivid account of the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said: “A DAF truck loaded with garri fell on a Suzuki commercial mini bus conveying students of the Federal Government College, Oyo.

“As a result, four of the students and the bus driver died while five others were injured and were taken to Peamark Hospital, Oyo for medical treatment. They are responding to treatment and investigation has since commenced.”

Ajisebutu further informed that the erring driver of the truck had been arrested by the police for further investigation.

The market was also closed for business yesterday when journalists visited the scene.
Also, the spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State, Oluwaseun Onijala, gave the registration number of the affected vehicles as Toyota Hiace bus Oyo BDJ183 XA and a Mercedes Benz with registration number Lagos 911, EPE139 XJ.

Onijala further said the accident which occurred around 4p.m, was as a result of dangerous driving.

Yesterday morning, the staff, students, parents and family members of the affected students wore mournful look as the school management went about perfecting processes of their burial.