The Taraba State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ben Ubeh, is dead.
Ubeh reportedly died after he was crushed by a truck transporting sugar along Jalingo-Yola Expressway.
According to an eye witness account, the incident occurred in Zing community along the Expressway early hours of Sunday.
Also, a Taraba State Government official, who asked not to be named, confirmed the incident saying “the state would release an official statement on the accident that claimed Ubeh’s life.”
Meanwhile, the owner of the truck is yet to be identified. Also, there was no plate number on the vehicle but an inscription of BT 0104 on its front side.
…drunk driver kills commercial motorcyclist in Ilorin
Tragedy struck around 4pm, along Offa Garage Road, Ilorin, yesterday, as an unidentified commercial motorcyclist was crushed to death by an alleged drunk driver while drinking sachet (pure) water at the frontage of a shop after dropping a pregnant passenger at Winner Express Park.
It was gathered that the victim parked while sitting on his Bajaj motorcycle before being crushed from the rear by the driver who was said to have lost control of his Volkswagen Sharon car.
Unknowingly, the reckless driver was said to have dragged the body of the commercial motorcyclist with his car from the spot of the accident for a few metres before he was persuaded to park by other motorists.
By the time the driver eventually parked his vehicle, the victim had given up the ghost and his body dismembered.
When National Pilot visited the scene of the accident around 4:30pm, the remains of the deceased had been evacuated by police patrol team and deposited at an undisclosed morgue in the state capital. However, the faze cap and damaged parts of the deceased’s motorcycle were noticed at the spot.
It was gathered that the affected vehicle was towed to the Kwara State Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA) headquarters located at Stella Obasanjo area, Ajase-Ipo Road, Ilorin.
Speaking to an eye witness, who simply identified himself as Olakunle, he described the incident as horrible, wondering why the driver defied warning of the state government by drinking to stupor before getting behind the wheels.
“There are more than four people inside that vehicle that hit the commercial motorcyclist and it is apparent they were all drunk as they ought to have cautioned the driver if otherwise.
“After hitting the commercial motorcyclist, the driver tried to escape but luck ran out on him and the angry mob after accosting him pounced on the driver and would have killed him but for the police patrol team that came,” he said.
Speaking further, the eye witness said the driver was subsequently rushed to an unknown hospital for treatment by the police.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi said he is not aware of the incident, adding that he will get back to our reporter.
However as at the time of filing this report, no call or text message was received from the PPRO.