Anambra CP Echeng Commiserate With Families Of Ihiala Fatal accident

By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo

The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, CP Echeng Echeng has commiserated with families of the two persons who died and nine others who were injured in a fatal accident which occurred on the18th February, 2022 at Ihiala on Onitsha-Owerri Expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Commission attributed the fatal crash to overspeeding and brake failure by a container-bearing trailer whose driver is one of the two persons that died in the unfortunate accident.

While the Police indeed have a Stop and Search Point close to the scene of the accident, it is wrong to blame the Police for the unfortunate incident, CP Echeng stated

The fact that only six vehicles were on queue on a dual carriage way as busy as that Expressway is evidence that the Police has been responsible and sensitive to the plight of the motoring public, ensuring minimal delay as it conduct stop and search operations aimed at protecting not only Police facilities in the area from insurgents’ attacks but also the general public who are mostly at the receiving end of escapades by criminal elements.

The Police Command in it’s release made available to THE EVENT also commend the officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission for promptly rising to the occasion and partnering with the Police in getting the injured to the hospital and clearing the wreckage from the road to allow for free flow of traffic.

It is unfortunate that drivers of container bearing trailers, under the umbrella of their union, who were mis-informed about the cause of the accident mobilised heavy trucks to the scene at about 1630 hours on the day of the accident and blocked the ever busy highway on both sides. All entreaties made to them to consider the plight of the motoring public have fell on deaf ears. Innocent motorists are at the receiving end of this ill-advised blockade. Anambra Police command reveals

The Nigeria Police also used the opportunity to appeal to the unionists to have a rethink in the interest of their fellow citizens and consider the plight of stranded travellers to remove the blockade from the highway.

The Police will continue to explore peaceful means of resolving the imbroglio to prevent further loss of precious human lives. Echeng stated

The CP while thanking the good people of Anambra State for the robust support to the Command continue, assures that the Police will continue to raise the bar of service delivery in the interest and safety of the law abiding public.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.