Convoy of Abia gov's wife in fatal auto crash

From Steve Oko, Umuahia
No fewer than two aides of the wife of Abia State Governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu lost their lives Tuesday when her convoy was involved in a fatal auto crash.
Scores of other aides and persons on the convoy were injured and currently receiving treatment at the Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia.
Some of the injured were said to be in critical condition according to hospital source.
Mrs. Ikpeazu’s convoy was said to be returning from Obingwa, her husband’s home town when the unfortunate incident occurred.
It is not yet clear as at the time of filing this report the level of involvement of the Governor’s wife in the crash but some of her top aides including personal physician and another female doctor were said to be injured.
According to eye witness account, the driver of one of the Hummer buses on the convoy was trying to overtake another vehicle on the convoy when he suddenly noticed an on- coming vehicle and applied break by force.
The bus was said to have skipped off the road and somersaulted several times, leading to the death of the victims .
One of her aides, Mrs. Promise Uche Nwankpa, the wife of a former lawmaker was said to have died on the spot while the Governor’s wife’s Chief Information Officer, Mrs. Nwamaka Maduchukwu was said to have died later at FMC.
The ugly incident reportedly occurred at Ndiolumbe in Isiala Ngwa North LGA on the new Aba road, a few minutes drive to Umuahia, the state capital.
No official statement had been issued from the state Government as at press time.
Efforts to extract any reaction from the Information Commissioner, Chief John Okiyi Kanu did not yield any fruit as his cell phone line was said not to be reachable.

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