A 60-year-old commercial motorcycle rider and father of 30 lost his life when a tipper rammed into his motorcycle along Ganaja junction in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The accident occurred on Monday and claimed the passenger’s life.
An eyewitness disclosed to journalists that the accident resulted from the reckless riding of a commercial tricycle that left his lane to another lane to avoid hitting a motorcycle but was hit by another truck heading to Ajaokuta axis.
The source said to avoid the Keke NAPEP, the Okada rider was pushed from his lane by the trailer, and him and his passenger were crushed by an incoming tipper and died on the spot.
Speaking on the accident, the Kogi State Commander Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), said, “The man, Abdulsalam Ibrahim, a 60-year-old commercial motorcyclist, and his passenger were killed by the tipper truck at Ganaja Junction in Lokoja.
“The incident was tragic and very unfortunate.”
He regretted that the accident cut short the life of the breadwinner of 30 children.
“The accident was a hit and run because by the time we responded to the distress call to the area immediately after it happened, the driver and the tipper were nowhere to be found.
“Eyewitnesses told us that immediately the accident happened, the tipper driver zoomed off, leaving the victims’ mangled bodies on the road for sympathisers,” he said.
He said that officers deposited the man’s corpse at the Morgue of Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, while that of the passenger was at Ankuri hospital morgue, Lokoja.
Dawulung urged motorists always to observe safety measures, including speed limits.
He also advised motorcyclists always to wear helmets to avoid head injuries.
Also speaking on the accident, Chairman, Kogi Motorcycle Riders’ Association, Malam Musa Baba-Aliyu, said that the deceased rider was an indigene of Katsina and a bonafide member of the union.
Baba-Aliyu said that Ibrahim tried to avoid the trailer when the accident occurred.