Around 8 pm, on May 18, 2024, a trailer crashed into at least three buses and groups of students heading home from late exams at Imo State University junction, Owerri. The accident was reportedly caused by a brake failure, and the driver of the truck is missing and allegedly on the run. 

The trailer allegedly belongs to the Dangote Group.

Is this the first time we’re seeing something like this? 

No. In January 2021, a dangote truck loaded with cements claimed about 18 victims on its path when it crashed into shops and properties in the Akungba-Akoko area of Ondo state. Eight of the victims were students of Adekunle Ajasin University at Akungba-Akoko.

 The resultant tension from students led to a temporal shutdown of the university. The company paid ₦500,000 to each family that was affected by the incident. 

What is the public response to the accident at IMSU?

Social media is abuzz with condolences and agitations regarding the absence of laws that guide trailer activities and drivers’ accountability on the road. 

Others have said that the junction is notorious for accidents and the government should build a flyover bridge to prevent a repeat in the future. 

Meanwhile, the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, released a press statement sharing his condolences and stating that investigations were underway, and the Ministry of Health would actively help in providing medical services. 

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