At least seven persons, including five adults and two children, were on Saturday morning killed by the advance team of the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki’s convoy on Benin-Auchi Expressway.
Several other persons including one of the Governor’s driver were also injured in the accident.
Witnesses said the accident occurred at Ehorin Uhunmwode Local Government Area, when a Toyota Hilux van on the Governor’s advance team had a head-on collision with a passenger Audi car.
The advance team were said to be on their way to Ambrose Ali University, AAU, at Ekpoma for the convocation of the university.
Three other survivors were said to have been rushed to the Central Hospital in Benin City for medical attention.
It was learnt that a good Samaritan rushed the survivors and the dead to the First SAVAN Centre at the hospital.
At the Central Hospital, a source confirmed that accident victims were brought in but declined to give details.
As of the time of filing this report, arrangements were on to evacuate the driver of the Hilux van to a private hospital for adequate medical care.
The State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, described it as “very unfortunate.”