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3 die in Awka road crash

Three persons have died in a fatal road accident which occurred around Amansea axis of Enugu Awka old road in the early hours of today.

Several other persons also sustained varying degrees of injury, when a fourteen seater bus rammed into a stationary lorry carrying produce.

Radio Nigeria Correspondent Uche Ndeke, who visited the scene of the accident, reports that angry mob blocked both the expressway and the old road in protest of what they called alleged extortion of heavy duty drivers by agents claiming to be working for the State government.

According to the angry mob, who carried sticks and stones, the accident was caused by some agents, who were collecting revenue for produce from stationary lorries.

One of the eye witnesses, explained that the fourteen seater bus, which was on its way to Lagos from Taraba state, rammed into the lorry stopped by revenue agents.

According to them, the driver of the lorry was delayed over the night for not cooperating with revenue agents over the amount he was asked to pay.

On saturday morning, the bus driver, Mr Ibrahim, who was going to Lagos confused it for a moving vehicle, as there was no caution sign to signify danger.

The Chairman, Amalgamated food stuff and Cattle dealers of Nigeria, Alhaji Bello Maigari, who also witnessed the incident, alleged that the activities of revenue collectors in the area was a source of worry, which needs urgent intervention from the government.

Alhaji Bello said that produce carriers from the northern part of the country pay up to four hundred thousand naira to revenue agents per trailer load of cow from Adamawa down to Anambra state.

He therefore appealed to both state and federal governments to look into the situation as it was adversely affecting their business.

Meanwhile, the injured persons had been taken to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu university Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka by officials of federal road safety corps.

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