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3 Die after Luxury Commercial Bus Plunged into River in Lagos



Three persons died on Friday morning when a Marcopolo luxury bus plunged into Owode-Mile 12 river along Lagos-Ikorodu road in Lagos.

The affected bus, with registration number GDC386YE, belonged to G.U.O Transport Services Ltd.

Kenneth Aaron, a survivor of the accident, said that the bus, which was coming from Aba, Abia State, had the accident around 3:05AM.

“I entered the bus in Onitsha with four of my brothers. The bus passed through Ikorodu because of the ongoing construction on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It seemed an accident happened in the area before which spilled diesel onto the road. By the time our bus got to the spot, it skidded, hit the culvert and plunged into the river,” he said.

According to him, the 50-seater bus was full with passengers and had additional standing passengers (attachment) who were picked on the way.

Adesina Tiamiyu, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the death of three and many injured.

“We got the report of an accident around 4.30AM and our men responded and commenced recovery mission immediately.

The initial assessment is that the road demarcation here, the driver probably did not understand the road very well, came to the junction suddenly, applied the brake and lost control.

The first set of people we brought out had injuries and were treated by our paramedic team; two people died immediately.

Shortly before I came here, the body of the motor boy was found on the waterbed,” he said

Ibrahim Farinloye, the Spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South- West Zone, said that 48 passengers were rescued alive.

“It has been confirmed that there is no more victim in the river. Some people are said to have walked out immediately after the incident before the arrival of emergency agencies. We have 48 rescued alive, three dead, while nine of the survivors are being attended to at Lagos State Emergency Trauma Centre at toll gate on Lagos-Ibadan expressway,” he said.

Luxury commercial bus traveling from the eastern part of the country, which plunged into a river at Owode-Elede, Ikorodu in Lagos State on Friday (17/2/17). Four passengers are feared dead.
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  1. Corolla

    February 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Sigh! Some families are in turnoil right now. May God comfort them

    • Goody

      February 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm


    • Corolla

      February 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm


  2. Ogbuefi

    February 17, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    RIP to the dead. Thanks to LASEMA for the swift response. Effective Journey Management must be imbibed by all Stakeholders in Transport industry.

  3. tunmi

    February 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone.

    But which is it? What was the demarcation the driver didn’t understand? Or was there really an accident and the roads were slippery with oil?

  4. Marian

    February 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    The eyewitness account of event sounds more plausible and coherent. I hope they do a very good and thorough investigation. I don’t really trust the LASEMA people with that initial assessment up there.

    May the souls of the deceased RIP.

  5. Prince

    February 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    May God rest their souls. They came all the way from Abia only for them to die at their destination.

  6. o

    February 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Speed must have been a factor. Cos even if the road was slippery, if the speed wasn’t much, the bus would have better controlled. A lot of these bus drivers are very reckless. You see some school buses driving so rough. God help us.

    May the souls of the departed rest in peace amen.

    • tunmi

      February 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      That’s also what I’m thinking. It sounds heartless to say tho

    • David

      February 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      I don’t mean to sound ignorant but are there speed limits implemented road signs in Nigeria?

    • o

      February 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Yes. In Lagos (at least that’s where I live) there are road signs boldly showing the speed limit on all the major roads

  7. Elyon

    February 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    RIP to the dead. Thank God for the survivors.

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