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Train/Bus accident: Rights group commiserates with Lagos govt, victims’ families

Razaq Bamidele

A civil society organization, Centre for Social and Economic Rights (CSER), has commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State over the unfortunate train/bus accident which occurred in Lagos Thursday March 9 2023, resulting in fatalities and injuries to victims.

The group in a statement issued by the executive director of the organization, Comrade Nelson Ekujumi, expressed sadness over the incident.

The statement read: “We are indeed saddened and pained by the unfortunate and avoidable train/bus accident at PWD area of Ikeja Lagos today 9th March 2023, which resulted in the death of about six persons and injured so many others who were commuting to their places of work!

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“Our hearts goes out to the victims of the unfortunate accident and their families in this trying period as we pray that God should grant the departed eternal rest and comfort their families, while we wish the injured, speedy recovery”.

The group also commiserated with the government and people of Lagos over the sad incident and prayed that such an accident should not occur again.

The society however appreciated the emergency responders and health institutions for their prompt responses to the accident and victims which contributed in no small measure in reducing the casualty figure.

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It also lauded the state Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for his humane disposition and exemplary leadership in cancelling his official engagements for the day and visiting the victims in the hospitals to comfort them and their families, in addition to Mr. Governor’s cancellation of all his political campaigns and public outings for three days in honour of the victims of the sad incident .

CSER then called on the management of Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC), to ensure that it erects barricades at every railway crossing intersections so as to stop the movement of vehicles and people when the train is approaching to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of tragic accident anywhere in the country.