By Daily Post Staff on February 15, 2015
Twelve prominent women from Bayelsa State have lost their lives following a ghastly auto crash near Old Ahoada Market on the Ahoada/Elele section of the East/West Road, Rivers State.
The women were on their way back to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital from the Port Harcourt International Airport where they had gone to see off Mrs Patience Jonathan, Wife of President Jonathan.
It was further gathered that the women, who are members of Mrs Jonathan’s female wing of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, known as Women For Change Initiatives had earlier visited Patience Jonathan in her country home of Okrika community in Rivers State.
According to the preliminary report from the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) issued by the Bayelsa state Commander, Vincent Jack, 29 passengers in three separate vehicles were involved in the accident, and 18 persons were reportedly injured, while 11 others were burnt beyond recognition.
The three vehicles involved were identified as a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number, GBB591FS, Toyota Siena with registration number, ABU640AE and Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number, YEN 371RJ.
The FRSC who attributed the cause of the accident to tyre burst said,”The injured were taken to Madonna Hospital in Elele by the Police who first came to the scene. The Corpse of one dead Woman was deposited at Oepdem Mortuary in Ahoada while police took another Corpse to Rumuji. Nine others were burnt beyond recognition”.
Dickson described the incident as tragic, a monumental and painful loss to the State, stressing that, the women that, lost their lives in the accident were our mothers and sisters.
A Government House statement also said all official engagements of the Governor had been suspended for three days as a mark of honour and respect for the souls of the departed women.
Among the dead were former Members of the State House of Assembly and Commissioners from the state and the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, all from President Goodluck Jonathan’s State, Bayelsa.
The victims include a former Member of the State House of Assembly from Brass Local Government and Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, Mrs. Ruby Benjamin, a Former Commissioner for Women Affairs under the administration of Gov. Timipre Sylva, Gimbra Panowei, the Wife of Prof. Edmond Oguru, the Secretary to the State Government,Mrs.Elizabeth Allison-Oguru.
Others include a Woman Leader from Otuoke Community in Ogbia local government, Madam Consider Amadi and the wife of the owner of a popular Montessori school known as Ayakpo International schools, Mrs. Inamamu Ayakpor.
However, Mrs Ebisinte Ayabowei, a former Bayelsa State Commissioner survived the accident.
It was also a lucky escape for Former Commissioner for Transport, Mrs.Marie Ebikake, who was recently sacked by Governor Serieke Dickson’s administration for alleged disloyalty to his administration.
She also visited Patience Jonathan in Okrika but reportedly drove back to Yenagoa in a separate vehicle.