Eight Libya returnees have been reported dead, with seven others injured in an accident along Sagamu expressway.
The accident, which occurred along Ore-Ijebu Ode-Sagamu expressway, Ogun State involved a white Toyota Hiace 18-seater commercial bus marked AYB 479 XA and a blue and white Volvo truck registered as KSF 79 XL.
It was gathered that the victims were on their way to Lagos to see a popular pastor to seek financial assistance, after being informed that the pastor gives out N50,000 each to Libya returnees, who arrived through Lagos.
According to the Nation, the bus conveyed 15 Libya returnees, who left Benin after being profiled by the Edo State Task Force on Anti-human Trafficking and Illegal Migration.
Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr. Clement Oladele confirming the incident said the driver of the truck drove against the traffic and had a head-on collision with the bus.
“The injured were taken to General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode and the bodies were deposited at the hospital mortuary,” he said.
Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to Governor Godwin Obaseki Mr. Crusoe Osagie expressed sadness over the incident.
”It is not like they were kept in prison as in Libya. They might have embarked on the trip to Lagos on their own. However, the government will make efforts to reach the families of those who died or are injured,” Osagie told the Nation.
The identities of the victims are yet to be disclosed, as there was no manifest from the commercial bus.