(LINK MOMENT). Kano –
At least five passengers in a commuter taxi were killed on Sunday (April 26, 2015) evening in Kano when a pedestrian bridge under construction by the government of Kano on Sheik Jafar road collapsed on the moving taxi.
Vanguard reported that the “pedestrian bridge which is located at Karshen way by Gidan mai was designed to check and curtail risk associated with pedestrian crossing at the densely populated Doroyi suburb.”
The incident occurred around 5.00 pm local time, according to eyewitness, Salisu Ibrahim who spoke to Vanguard.
“Five passengers including the driver were in the taxi”, Malam Ibrahim said. The passengers were trapped inside the crushed taxi where they lost their lives. Due t the weight of debris it would take crane to pull out the battered vehicle and its occupants.
The police Image Maker in Kano, ASP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the incident, saying that rescue effort is underway.
OKOROCHA BRIDGE COLLAPSED IN OWERRI
The Union News reported in an article “Okorocha Escapes Death” as follows:
“What could have been a major disaster was averted just by divine providence in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday when a pedestrian bridge built by Governor Rochas Okorocha at Heroes’ Children’s Park, opposite Concorde Hotel, collapsed under the governor. The incident, which happened when the governor stopped over on his way to the NUJ Governorship Debate to interact with some students of Development Comprehensive Secondary School, Owerri,who were around the park when he came, caused a stir among on-lookers and passers- by.”
“Trouble started when the governor took the students up the bridge to teach and inspire them on how to become leaders. No sooner had the governor started the teachings with the students when the bridge caved in with the iron bracing of the bridge cut under the weight of the governor and the students and the students panicked and started shouting “Jesus! Jesus!!” while the governor feigned ignorance of the situation even as his security aides rounded the spot to help him down. Our correspondent who was there reports that when the incident happened, the governor’s aides, especially the members of the security operatives, who were visibly shaken, started shouting to the students: “Jump out! Get down! Jump out!” and the students jumped out from the bridge and ran for their dear lives.”
In the midst of the melee, the governor said “we’re too many here, please jump down”. The UNION can report that this was the first time the bridge was being used since Governor Okorocha constructed it two years ago. It would be recalled that Akachi Road Bridge and several buildings (including the multi-million naira Imo Film Academy, a new security gate being constructed behind the main entrance gate to the Government House; office complex being constructed in the Imo State university campus, Owerri as well Princess Hotel Okigwe) constructed by the governor in the state had collapsed raising questions about the standard of such projects.