In the Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA), Lagos, a car collision along LASU Road claimed the lives of a man, two temporary female health workers, and another person.
On Monday, January 23, at around noon, the accident happened near the Alhaji Ede Bus Stop, which is close to the General Hospital in Igando.
Witnesses claimed they were struck by a motorist who was travelling quickly.
Two additional temporary health professionals and a third individual were hurt. They were taken for treatment right away to the General Hospital.
The four ad-hoc health workers were Barakat Usman, Latifat Akanni, Fatiah Dada and Chukwuneka Chibuike.
The ad-hoc health workers were attached to Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
The health workers, tagged OBR Implementers, were returning from the Poliovirus Outbreak Response Assessment (OBRA) exercise.
The exercise, it was learnt, commenced on Saturday, Jan. 21, and will be wrapped up tomorrow, Jan. 25.
An eyewitness told The Nation that the driver veered off the road and hit the persons on the pedestrian lane.
The eyewitness said: “The driver was speeding and he couldn’t properly control the steering when he suddenly found oil on the road.
“As he drove on the oil, it became slippery. In a bid to control the steering, the vehicle veered off the road and hit the people. They all landed inside the gutter.”
Passersby helped bring the victims out of the gutter and they were rushed to the hospital.
Latifat Akanni was said to have died before reaching the hospital. Barakat Usman and a man who sustained head injuries died shortly after.
The mother of Barakat Usman, who arrived at the hospital with her husband, wept uncontrollably, The Nation reports.
It was learnt she had already lost two children, who were elder siblings of the deceased.
She described the loss of her three eldest children as too much to bear. According to her, the late Barakat’s husband had travelled out of the country.
She added that Barakat was a fashion designer with three kids.
“How am I going to take care of her three kids? Oh, Allah! This is too much for me. Barakat must not die,” she wailed, appealing to see the remains of her daughter.