From Habiba Ibrahim-Sam
Two army personnel and two other persons were said to have died in a road accident around Uselu area of Benin City.
The accident was said to have happened recently when the victims were said to be crossing the road and in the process an oncoming commercial bus rammed into them as a result of brake failure.
Two of the victims were suspected to be personnel of the Nigerian Army, believed to be at the Supply and Transport Barracks for a course.
The acting assistant director, Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Lieutenant I. K. Bishir, when contacted, referred journalists to S & T Barracks to meet one Captain Aminu but the army personnel at the entrance said journalists should contact Abuja for any information.
However, the sector commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Henry Banamaisia confirmed the accident and attributed it to brake failure.
He could not, however, confirm if any of the victims were military personnel.
He said: “The accident happened late afternoon of Friday as a result of brake failure. The people were crossing the road when the vehicle ran into them while they were crossing the road.
“The vehicles involved were a commercial bus and an Audi car. Two people died on the spot. Three were rushed to the hospital and two of them later died.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said he could only confirm that when work resumes because there are some parts of the administrative department of the police that would be off duty due to the nationwide public holiday.