Vehicle rams into youths during new year carnival celebration

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Tragedy struck in Ikare-Akoko, headquarters of Akoko North-East, when a vehicle crashed into a crowd during the New Year carnival, resulting in the loss of one life.

The incident, which occurred at the Okela axis of the ancient town, left two others injured, who are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital.

The victims were said to be among those embarking on a procession for the carnival.

The vehicle involved in the accident was identified as a J5 bus, which was said to be passing through the town.

A okada rider who claimed to have witnessed the accident claimed that the driver was speeding before crashing into the procession, which was mostly youths.

The okada rider, who simply gave his name as Kunle, added that the youths from Olokelede in Ekan were marching in a procession from Ekan to Okela, the designated venue for the carnival, when the incident occurred.

“The youths from Ekan were on their way to Okela when the J5 ran into them.

The person who drove the vehicle was actually speeding when he drove into them.”

The Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ikare-Akoko, Ropo Alabi, revealed that operatives of the corps usually provide services to those who inform them of such events.

He maintained that the injured persons had been taken to the hospital for treatment.