17 killed on Kwali-Abaji expressway, Biu cautions on speed limit, night trips 


At least 17 passengers have been confirmed killed with four others seriously injured along the Kwali-Abaji expressway.

The fatal crash occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Acting Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dauda Ali Biu, while speaking on the crash cautioned drivers on violating prescribed speed limit and admonished them against night trips. 

A press statement issued by Assistant Corps Marshal Corps Public Education Officer Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, said Biu described the avoidable crash that occurred on Kwali -Abaji expressway before Awawa in the Federal Capital Territory as worrisome.

“Investigation into the fatal accident revealed that the crash involved 1 DAF Trailer with Registration Number BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota Bus bearing GME 201 ZU.

“Unfortunately, there were a total of 22 occupants involved in the crash, out of which 17 victims all male were killed. Four other occupants, also male victims who were rescued alive, sustained various degrees of injuries while the remaining male occupant was rescued without any injury.

“The main cause of the crash, according to the report, included excessive speed and fatigue,” the statement said 

As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the Corps had concluded the rescue of the injured victims to Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary.

Speaking on the causes of the crash, the Acting Corps Marshal maintained that drivers must avoid speeding as crash investigation conducted over the years have attributed major causes of crashes in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit on all roads. He revealed that the fatigue was as a result of the driver’s indulgence in a night long trip without observing adequate rest within the driving period.

He admonished the public to always patronise the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM, which are always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.