Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Three persons have been confirmed dead as the convoy of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, was involved in a road mishap.
A statement issued yesterday by the Director, Corporate Affairs of the commission, Mr. Toye Abosede, said the incident happened at Esiene Junction in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State when a trailer ran into the pilot vehicle carrying policemen attached to the NDDC Managing Director who was on his way to Calabar to receive the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Abosede told THISDAY that the dead were two policemen in the pilot vehicle and a passenger on a commercial motorcycle, popularly called okada who was also hit by the impact on the patrol vehicle.
â€œThe victims were immediately taken to a nearby hospital where they are receiving urgent medical attention for injuries,â€ he said.
He said members of the entourage in other vehicles were unhurt in the unfortunate incident.
He also told THISDAY: â€œAs I speak to you now, I am at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo. I can confirm that two policemen in the pilot vehicle are dead while a civilian who was an Okada passenger also died. Others are receiving treatment in the hospital.â€