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Monday, 16 February 2015

Bayelsa SSG’s Wife, Dickson’s aide, Otuoke Women Leader 8 Others Burn to Death After Visiting The First Lady


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Grief has enveloped Bayelsa State over the death of 11 prominent women leaders and associ ates of Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, in a multiple motor accident on Valentine’s Day along East- West Road.
Nine of the deceased were burnt beyond recognition, while two died from wounds sustained in the accident.
Those, who have been confirmed death included the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Eliza­beth Allison-Oguru; a former member of the state House of Assembly from Brass Local Government Area and Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, Mrs. Ruby Benja min; a former Commissioner for Women Affairs under the administration of former gov ernor Timipre Sylva, Gimbra Panowei; Woman Leader from Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Mad am Consider Amadi and wife of the owner of Ayakpo Inter­national Schools, Mrs. Ayakpo Enamamu.
The women, who were also members of Peoples Demo cratic Party (PDP) and Mrs Jonathan’s non-governmental organisation, Women for Change Initiative, were said to be on their way to Bayelsa af ter paying a private visit to Mrs Jonathan at Okirika in Rivers State when they were involved in the accident.
According to eyewitness ac count, the women were travel ling in three separate vehicles, a Toyota Hummer bus with number plate GBB591FS, a Toyota Sienna with number plate ABU640AE and a Toy ota Highlander jeep with num ber plate YEN 371RJ when the multiple accident occurred at the Old Ahoada market axis of the East- West Road.
The Toyota Hummer bus rear tyre was said to have burst on top speed and the Toyota Sienna and Toyota Highlander rammed into it causing it to explode.
The preliminary report is sued by the Bayelsa State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) indicated that 29 passengers in the three vehicles were involved in the accident.
The state Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Vincent Jack, disclosed that 18 persons were injured and 11 others died with two burnt beyond recognition

“The injured were taken to Madonna Hospital in Elele by the police who first came to the scene. The corpse of one woman was deposited at Oepdem mortuary in Ahoada while police took the other corpses to Rumuji. Nine others were burnt beyond recogni tion,” he said.
Several top politicians in the state trooped to the scene of the accident on hearing the tragic news and watched amidst tears as the Toyota hummer bus was still burning
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