7 injured as cows cause accident on Ibadan-Abeokuta expressway


No fewer than seven persons sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a passenger bus and cows at Omi-Adio Ibadan end of the Ibadan-Abeokuta expressway on Monday.

DAILY POST learnt that though, no death was recorded during the accident, a bloody clash between the Fulani settlers and residents in the surrounding villages (host communities) was promptly averted by policemen who came to evacuate the injured at the scene of the accident.

The commercial vehicle (Blue colour Toyota bus) loaded with ten passengers, it was gathered, was coming from Abeokuta to Ibadan when the accident occurred between Aba-Teacher and Aba-Oke village , Omi Adio, Ibadan.

Those who sustained injuries, the driver and six others, were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, while one of the cows, which had injury was evacuated from the expressway to prevent it from causing more accident on the highway.

An eyewitness account said immediately the accident occurred, a young Fulani man who was directing the cows called out the cows and ran away into the bush without caring for the life of the passengers in the wrecked Toyota bus.

He said “It was a terrible scene. This is not the first time we have been witnessing accident by herdsmen who never listen to the warning not to take their cows near the expressway.

“God has been so kind to these passengers; they could have died. The vehicle was badly damaged and instead of making effort to save life, the Fulani man just called on his cows with their language and immediately the whole cow ran after him except the injured cow on the expressway.

“This is very bad, something urgent must be done to avoid all these problems on the highway,” a villager who pleaded anonymity said.

A police source who confirmed the incident assured that normalcy had since returned to the area.


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