Ebonyi: Gov. Umahi Laments, As Vehicle Plunges into Abandoned Mining Pit

Aug 17, 2021 - 21:02
Ebonyi: Gov. Umahi Laments, As Vehicle Plunges into Abandoned Mining Pit

By Izunna Okafor

Governor David Umahi has described as unfortunate and terrible, the recent accident where an unidentified vehicle loaded with passengers veered off the road and plunged into a mining pit in the state.

Governor Umahi disclosed this when he and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, alongside other top government functionaries visite the scene of the accident that occurred along Abakaliki – Ikwo Road, 

He directed those working with divers, stakeholders of the community, and security agents to make sure that the said vehicle with its occupants is recovered from the pit.

It would be recalled that an eyewitness, Akachukwu Offia, a lecturer at AEFUNAI, who made the accident known, said no help was forthcoming from the company which owns the mining pit despite appeals from him and other commuters.

He said: “A vehicle fell into a pit. Driving from Abakaliki a little distance away from a mining company some minutes ago, I observed a white car driving along the same direction.

“And suddenly, the car fell into one of the mining pits full of water and just very close to the road. It was like a dream to me while I followed the car a little distance away from behind.

“I quickly stopped other vehicles from both sides to observe the true position of the accident and while we observed more closely, we noticed the waves rippling the water due to the impact of the vehicle but could not sight the car or the passengers.

“I quickly rushed with another private car owner to the mining company to report the accident and seek for urgent rescue but they could not render any immediate help.”

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Izunna Okafor Izunna Okafor is an award-winning Nigerian novelist, poet, journalist, essayist, editor, translator, publicist, Igbo language activist and administrator who hails from Ebenator in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He writes perfectly in English and Igbo languages, and has published several books in both languages. He has received over 25 awards, and has over 2000 articles published online, both nationally and internationally, cutting across creative writing and journalism. See his full profile at: https://9jabooks.com/profile/484