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Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Convoy hit by CBN Bullion Van

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state on Thursday escaped death in an auto accident caused by a reckless bullion van driver working for the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The accident happened at the Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Juwon Soyinka, said in a statement that the incident happened when a bullion van belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ran into Amosun’s convoy in the area. He said:

The incident which occurred around Ibafo while the governor was travelling to Lagos for an official assignment, resulted in damage to the escort vehicles in the governor’s convoy. The CBN convoy drivers, driving dangerously, attempted to overtake the governor’s convoy without regard for the safety of other road users. On sensing danger, the governor’s escort commander used a public address system mounted on his vehicle to warn the CBN convoy drivers to desist from such reckless driving. Not only was the governor’s escort commander ignored, the CBN convoy drivers went ahead to crush his vehicle and subsequently went after other vehicles in the governor’s convoy, including his official car. The CBN convoy was later brought to a halt by the security team attached to the governor.

Amosun, according to Soyinka, described the manner of driving of the drivers in the CBN convoy as reckless. Soyinka quoted Amosun as saying:

We will not allow such senseless and reckless behaviour in Ogun State.

Soyinka also said:

If this could happen to a governor within his territory, you can imagine what they would do to our citizens who are simply going about their legitimate business.

Governor Amosun, who expressed disappointment at the reckless manner in which the CBN bullion van convoy moved on the road, warned that such act of impunity will no longer be tolerated within the borders of Ogun.

Soyinka explained that the governor had cause to personally caution reckless CBN convoy drivers in the state on a number of occasions:

On several occasions, the Ogun State governor had to personally turn back reckless CBN bullion van drivers who often drive against traffic with impunity on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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3 Comments

  1. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    May 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    How does it feel now for your car to be hit by these idiots driving bullion vans Governor Ibikunle Amosun? Members of the public have been speaking about the recklessness and bad behaviours of these fools driving bullion vans on our roads for a very long time. Now Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his entourage have personally experienced the harsh reality and the brutality fellow Nigerians have been experiencing everyday at the hands of these crazy Police men and the bullion van drivers in.all parts the Country The first question that comes to mind is, Governor Ibikunle Amosun. How does it feel to be hit by these menace on our roads? Whenever you see some of your fellow governors, please, educate them on exactly what went through your mind when your car got hit by the bullion van. Your fellow Nigerians are anxiously waiting to see what you and your couleagues (fellow governors) will do to tackle this issue immediately. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • missnk

      May 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      that’s the only way Nigerian politicians will feel how the masses feel. Let them experience every suffering that we feel, maybe then, they’ll behave

  2. Kingsley Jibunzeh

    May 13, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    It’s regrettable that the Governor’s convoy had to get so hit while on an official duty, undeserving though. However, this incident serves a great lesson to the high and mighty of Nigerian political class that denial to the people of common basic amenities and privileges will always have rebound effects willy-nilly. Those in the higher echelons of governance have the sacred obligation to serve to the desired benefits of the governed. I’ll assume that inadequate basic infrastructures such as accessible roads had a great deal of contribution to make in the incident that involved the Governor. If that’s of any consideration it would be instructive for the chief executive to speak to reason and act in a manner that sees an urgency in bringing to the notice of his colleagues in federal and state governments the needs to improve roads and other infrastructure for the greater good of all. This is very important. Rather than expanding the avenues of stealing and stashing away of the people’s wealth to their own selfish ends and widening the gaps of inequality and insecurity among the populace, it will be a good and rational thing to include everyone (the elected and the electorate) in the realm of benefits considerations. It’s my belief that if the kind of millions of money stolen but being now found in every nukes and crevices in Nigeria were directed to ear-marked uses, such as roads and infrastructural developments, the Governor and his likes would be able to enjoy the benefits of free movements around just as the rest of us all. Nigeria must sit up. Our leaders travel every where in the world, including developed, emerging and less developed places but it’s ironic that they bring no new experiences as indicators of their learning. It’s either they learn nothing or they deliberately close their eyes, ears and hearts against any sensitivity to the people’s welfare. The common people in Nigeria from north, south, east and west have made enough sacrifice and paid sufficient price for the unity and greater good of the polity. It is only deserving that now at their point of exertion they should be allowed a relief from the very one percent that they have given authority to exercise power on their behalf.

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