Passengers feared dead as bus plunges into Ovia River

Alexander Okere, Benin

Many passengers were on Sunday feared dead when a commercial bus reportedly plunged into the Ovia River in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The incident was said to have occurred at Evbonogbon, a boundary community between Edo and Ondo State.

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It was learnt that the vehicle was in motion on the Benin-Ore-Lagos expressed way Sunday afternoon before it crashed into the river, leaving many of the passengers trapped.

Although details of the incident was still sketchy as of the time of filing the report, a video of the accident uploaded on Facebook showed some divers making efforts to rescue the victims.

Some passers-by were heard screaming in sympathy when a baby was brought out of the bus by one of the divers.

It was also gathered that officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps and operatives of the state police command were later deployed to the scene.

When contacted, the state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Anthony Oko, promised to get back to our correspondent, saying his men were still trying to locate the scene of the auto crash.

“My unit command there is already going there to verify the truth about it. I will give you feedback,” Oko said on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, said that he had not received any report on the incident.

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