Nigeria: “Tragic Hit-and-Run Incident Claims Life in Lagos: Urgent Calls for Heightened Road Safety Awareness”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Tragedy struck on the second day of the new year as a hit-and-run driver claimed the life of an unidentified pedestrian near the Mobil filling station on the route towards Otedola Bridge in Lagos. The incident, reported by Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), highlights the ongoing safety challenges on the city’s roads.
The victim, struck by a high-speeding vehicle, suffered fatal injuries, rendering the body unidentifiable. Mr. Farinloye, in a statement issued in Lagos, revealed that the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) was promptly notified to facilitate the removal of the mangled body from the highway. This intervention aimed to prevent further harm caused by passing vehicles.
Expressing concern over the rising incidents of road accidents during the festive season, Farinloye urged Nigerians to exercise heightened safety awareness. He emphasized the need for caution, especially considering the unfortunate deaths observed during routine patrols along major highways.
In a separate incident recounted by Farinloye, an articulated truck with brake failure struck and killed a woman at Dalemo bus stop, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area in Ogun State. Despite efforts to reach the victim’s family, identification challenges hindered the process. NEMA called on residents in the affected areas who might have lost a relative to contact the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Officer, Akowe of the Ota Unit, through provided telephone numbers.
NEMA has been actively patrolling major highways during the festive period to support lead agencies in ensuring road safety and responding promptly to emergencies. Farinloye advised commuters to be vigilant and draw the attention of safety officers to any signs of exhaustion, fatigue, or drowsiness exhibited by drivers. This proactive approach aims to prevent accidents by prompting drivers to take necessary breaks before continuing their journeys.
As road safety remains a critical concern, Farinloye’s appeal for increased safety consciousness serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to prioritize safety, particularly during periods of heightened travel and celebration. The incidents underscore the need for collaborative efforts in enhancing road safety measures to protect lives and prevent avoidable tragedies on Nigerian roads.