The Lagos State Government represented by the State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively payed condolence visits to the families of the two victims, Chidinma Ajoku, 27, and Chima Nnaekpe, 29, who were killed by a fallen container truck at Ilasamaja bus stop along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway last month.
Late Chidinma and Chima were staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN. The duo boarded a commercial bus from Airport road to Mile 2 after the close of work on July 26.
It was gathered that the commercial bus driver had stopped at Ilasa bus-stop to either pick passengers when a 20ft container fell off a moving truck and landed on the commercial vehicle. Chidinma and Chima died on the spot.
Onigbanjo, during his visit to the victim’s families assured of the State Government’s support towards getting Justice for the bereaved families.
He described the incident as unfortunate and avoided.
Onigbanjo said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had directed the Commissioner of Police to commence investigation into the incident.
“Be rest assured that Justice will be served and the perpetrators would be brought to book”.
While sympathising with the families, the Attorney-General said that the prosecution of the case would be handled by him to ensure that the death of Chidinma and her colleague Chima are not in vain.
“We deeply sympathise with you on your great lose, we pray the Almighty God grant you strength and console you at this trying times. Be assured that my team and I will be leading the prosecution of this case before the court and ensure that Justice is served appropriately.”
He added that Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed sadness on the loss of the two families and vowed to put an end to reckless driving on Lagos roads.
“The Governor is deeply sad about the incidence and we have resolved that enough is enough, we will not allow reckless drivers on the road to continue to take innocent lives in Lagos State.”
While assuring the victims’ families of the state government support, the Attorney General promised to brief the families at every stage of the investigation and prosecution process.
Responding to the visit, Chidinma’s mother, Mrs. Ajoku expressed gratitude to the state government on the condolence visit, saying she was overwhelmed by the good gesture.
While applauding the steps taken by the Governor, she expressed confidence that a proper investigation would indeed be carried out on the death of her daughter.
Mrs. Ajoku, who further expressed her fear for the lives of other citizens on the roads, pleaded with the Governor to step in, by enforcing the laws against reckless driving on the road.
“The killer of my daughter needs to be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other reckless drivers on Lagos roads” she added.
Also, Chima’s father, Mr. Onyekwere Nnaekpe who responded to the visit appreciated Governor Sanwo-Olu’s show of concern, saying we are moved and pleased by the concern shown by the government.
He, however, implored the government to hasten the formulation of stiffer penalties for reckless driving of trucks and trailers to guard against future occurrence of such incident.