Abia First Lady’s Media Aide, One Other Die In Motor Accident
A motor accident, involving the convoy of the wife of Abia Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu has led to the death of two persons.
Report has it that the accident happened when the motorcade was returning to Umuahia from Ntigha-Uzor in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia, where the Abia State’s first lady had attended a burial.
Eyewitness account stated that the Hummer Bus conveying the first lady’s entourage, somersaulted thrice after the driver attempted to overtake a vehicle at Ndiolumbe around 5 p.m.
A female occupant of the vehicle, who escaped unhurt, while having a conversation with NAN, stated that the driver was on high speed when the accident occurred.
“The driver was on high speed and everybody in the vehicle was asking him to slow down. Suddenly the bus started jumping up and down before it started somersaulting,” she said.
She further clarified that the vehicle somersaulted about three times and that she only found herself seated safely on a field by the road.
The middle-aged, fair-complexioned woman, who was dressed in a uniform designed for the burial, was full of praises to God, saying that “I escaped death by His grace.”
The driver of the Hummer Bus, Mr Bright Ugwubujor, blamed the accident on brake failure.
Narrating the incident to NAN at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Ugwubujor said that the accident occurred when he attempted to overtake a vehicle ahead of him.
“When I tried to overtake the vehicle, I noticed an oncoming vehicle and attempted to retreat but I encountered a bump on the road and when I tried to apply the brake it could not work.
“Immediately, the vehicle began to somersault,” he said.
A medical doctor at the hospital, where all the victims were brought for medical attention, confirmed on condition of anonymity that two women died in the accident. He said that other occupants of the bus, including the driver sustained bruises and minor injuries.
He further said that one of the women, the wife of a former member of the state House of Assembly, Mrs Promise Uche-Nwamkpa, was brought in dead to the hospital.
The second woman, Mrs Nwamaka Maduchukwu, he said, gave up while doctors were battling to resuscitate her with the aid of oxygen.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of NUJ in the state, Mr John Emejor, who was at the hospital to sympathize with the victims, has expressed shock and disbelief over the incident.
Also, the former lawmaker, Uche-Nwamkpa, who was brought to the hospital to behold the remains of his wife, was seen weeping uncontrollably.
Her remains were thereafter taken to the hospital morgue, while those of Maduchukwu were seen lying at a corner of the hospital at the time of filing the report.
Her relations, church members and colleagues were seen praying for her revival.
An aide to the governor’s wife, Mr Chika Ojiegbe, confirmed the incident to NAN at the hospital, saying that the Office of the Wife of the Governor “will issue a release soon.”