Two police officers died Tuesday in an accident involving the convoy of Adams Oshiomhole, former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
The former Edo State Governor was unhurt but several others – including two other officers – sustained serious injuries when a trailer rammed into his backup security vehicle.
Oshiomhole was not injured. (C) ThisDay
The accident occurred close to Oluku junction, along Benin-Ore highway as they were travelling to a party rally at Usen, Ovia South-west local government area of the state.
A friend of one of the victims has shared images of the dead officer, identified has Akoms Ability, who is said to have graduated from the Ebonyi State University.
“Some minutes after 12 pm today, Tuesday September 1, 2020, there was a motor accident involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, along Benin-Lagos by-pass before Oluku junction.
“The convoy was headed to Usen Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally alongside Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the state, when a trailer driving in the same direction veered off its course, hit the back up Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying seven policemen, forcing it off the road, into the bush and rammed into the Sports Utility vehicle carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“We are sad to report that two police personnel in the Toyota Hilux truck lost their lives while two others who are in critical condition receiving treatment at a hospital in the state.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy, apart from those indicated above did not sustain any injury.
“It is pertinent to state, without fear of contradiction, that the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was maintaining legal speed limits when this incident occurred. This explains why the trailer, travelling in the same direction overran the Hilux truck off the road and still hit the SUV carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses account of the incident suggest, and we believe rightly too, that this was an assassination attempt, targeting Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“It is painful that innocent policemen performing their legal duties lost their lives in this very unfortunate incident.
“While we pray for the quick recovery of the injured policemen, we extend our condolences to the families of the departed.”