TEARS flowed freely as the remains of four students of the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo—two senior secondary school students, one in JSS 1 and the other in JSS 3, who died in a motor accident Sunday afternoon on their way to school from mid-term break at Sabo Market, Oyo, were interred.
Metro learnt that the students, from various destinations, had arrived in Oyo, according to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the school, Mr Akin Olumide Omitade, boarded a bus at Owode motor park en route the school before the unfortunate incident.
The driver of the commercial bus conveying the students, Metro gathered died on the spot.
The affected students, according to Omitade were John Olubukola, SSS3, Giwa Taibat SSS3, Ladipo Mojisola SSS 1 and Ibirogba Maryam JSS 3.
All of them were buried at the public Muslim cemetery and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) cemetery in Oyo, on Monday.
Giving a vivid account of the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, informed Metro that “A DAF truck loaded with garri fell on a Suzuki commercial mini bus conveying the students of the Federal Government College, Oyo.
“As a result, four of the students and the bus driver died, while five others were injured and taken to Peamark Hospital, Oyo for medical treatment. They are responding to treatment and investigation had since commenced.”
Ajisebutu further informed that the erring driver of the truck had been arrested by the police for further investigation.
The market was also closed for business on Monday when Metro visited the place.
Also, the image maker of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State, Oluwaseun Onijala, gave the registration number of the affected vehicles as Toyota Hiace bus Oyo BDJ183 XA and a Mercedes Benz with registration number Lagos 911 EPE139 XJ.
Onijala further said that the accident which occurred around 4.00 p.m, was as a result of dangerous driving.
Monday morning, the staff, students, parents and family members of the affected students were in a mourning mood as the school management went about perfecting the process of their burial.
As parents and deceased’s classmates were waiting, teachers were also not left out, as they betrayed emotion.
The school’s PRO corroborated the fact that the students were returning from mid-term break and boarded the famous “Korope” commercial bus in Oyo town from Owode, with a parent, who sat in front of the bus.
He revealed that the deceased were trapped at the back seat of bus, a situation which denied them access to rescue operation because people around could not get a towing vehicle to lift the truck on time.
Omitade further added that the school management first contacted the affected parents families, sought their permission, as well as police report before their remains were interred Monday afternoon.