20 Pupils Burn In School Bus In Ibadan

Tragedy struck in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday, when school children numbering about 20 were burnt in their school bus.
Three of the pupils were said to have died while others, including the driver of the school bus, were in critical condition.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that the school bus had gone to pick the pupils of Divine Wisdom Nursery and Primary School, Monatan, in Egbeda Local Government Area of the state when the incident happened.
The bus, it was said, caught fire, a few metres to the school, trapping the pupils in the process.
The Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, Mr Oluwafemi Adekanye, who confirmed the incident, said it occurred, a few metres to the school around 8.00 a.m.
Adekanye, who disclosed that the cause of the fire incident was not known, said it might have been caused by electrical fault.
He also confirmed that three of the pupils died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, while others were in critical condition.
Also speaking on the incident, the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UCH, Dr Biodun Otegbayo, said that by 2.30 p.m. Three of the children had been confirmed dead while 14 others, including the driver, were in critical condition.
The school proprietress, Deaconess Oke Ejemuta, it was learnt, had ordered the school shut following the incident while she and her staff rushed to the emergency unit of the UCH where the children were receiving treatment.
Mrs Ejemuta revealed that the said Ford bus was bought last year, while the driver, who was a mechanic, was employed for the purpose of handling any problem arising from the use of the bus. “This is certainly, an arrow but God is in control,” she said.
In another development, at least the roofs of 100 houses were destroyed at Owa Alero, in Ika North East of Delta State, when rainstorm swept across the area on Sunday.
Among the victims were two widows, Mrs Justina Moses and Mrs Enyahakele John, who lamented the fate that befell them.
Also, virtually all banana and plantain crops in the community were destroyed, even as other economic trees and electricity poles were pulled down.
Narrating his experience on Wednesday when government officials visited the area, 63-year-old security man, Mr Festus Ikwu, whose six-room building was totally destroyed said the heavy breeze started at about 4.00 p.m. and that it took providence for his 15-member family to escape unhurt.
As a result of the destruction, Mr Ikwu has relocated his family, like others, to a nearby uncompleted building.
Addressing the victims on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tony Nwaka, flanked by his counterpart in the Ministry of Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, expressed the state government’s concern over their plight, stressing that relief materials would soon be sent to them.
According to him, officials of the ministry were already compiling the number of casualties with a view to assisting them.
Earlier, the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor, while receiving the team in his palace, expressed appreciation for the quick intervention of the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, by dispatching the officials to assess the situation.
The traditional ruler noted with nostalgia the hardship the victims were going through, more so, at this point of farming season.



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