FG team to 2nd Niger Bridge not involved in a ghastly accident

The Ministry of Works has declared that no fatal crash occurred during Tuesday’s inspection of the Second Niger project by a Federal Government team led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff (CoS) Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

The ministry was reacting to a rumour that the convoy of the team was allegedly involved in a ghastly road crash.

Members of the inspection team include Mr Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser to the Works and Housing Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola, Labour and Productivity counterpart, Dr Chris Ngige and the Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr Uche Orji.

Bello said that on arrival at the Asaba Airport, Delta State, the team visited the Interchange on Owerri-Onitsha Road and the East approach to the Bridge in Onitsha from where they walked across to the West approach.

After a media briefing by members of the Team, the Chief of Staff was conducted to the West approach at Asaba and the Toll Plaza of the Bridge before returning to Abuja.

The statement reads: “It was discovered much later that one of the vehicles in the Team of the Commissioner of Police from Anambra State had a mishap during which two policemen sustained injuries.

“It was confirmed from the Nigeria Police, Anambra State Command that they were treated at the Federal Medical Centre Asaba and had since been discharged.

“The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, following anxious calls from well-meaning members of the public about the safety of the members of the Federal Government delegation, expresses deep sympathies over the injured two men of the Anambra Police Command.

“However, no lives were lost at all as claimed in the false report by the online platform of a national daily.”



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