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We thank God that we didn’t lose anyone, but we lost everything we were traveling with - A survivor

opera.com 2024/4/12

According to the report from the Vanguard, The Ogun State Police Command has officially verified that armed bandits intercepted a luxury bus bound for Abakaliki, robbed all passengers, and subsequently set it on fire.

The travelers were reportedly en route to the southeast for Easter festivities when the incident occurred.

SP Omolola Odutola, the spokesperson for the Ogun State Police Command, confirmed the occurrence, stating that it happened at Oke Ado junction in Ijebu Mushin along the Ijebu Ode-Ore-Benin expressway. According to Odutola, a luxury Mercedes-Benz bus was burnt down by armed bandits who, as she mentioned, "the vehicle was coming from Maza Maza before it encountered the hoodlums. No reference to guns was made. They carried cutlasses.”

Reports from Vanguard indicated that the robbers first ransacked all 59 passengers on board, then locked them within the vehicle before setting it ablaze.

The management of Ifesinachi Transport Nig. Ltd. also confirmed the incident, expressing shock over the attack on their bus. They revealed that the bus departed from Maza Maza, Lagos, on Good Friday, heading towards Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

In distressing footage shared on social media by Chude Nnamdi, survivors detailed the terrifying experience they went through. One passenger lamented, "Ifesinachi Motors, we were traveling in the night to come back to the East for Easter celebration, and criminals attacked us in Ijebu Ode along the Ore/Benin expressway."

The victims recounted being robbed at gunpoint and forced to endure a harrowing ordeal inside the locked bus that was later set on fire. Thankfully, all passengers managed to escape without casualties.

"We thank God that we didn’t lose anyone, but we lost everything we were traveling with and some sustained injuries," one survivor shared. Another survivor described the brutal attack, saying, “The armed robbers attacked us at Ijebu Ode. They stripped us of our dresses and belongings and beat us mercilessly. They forced us back into the bus and set it ablaze. But we are grateful to God that nobody was burnt to death because we all managed to escape from the burning vehicle alive."

In a time when such incidents continue to threaten the safety and security of travelers, it underscores the urgent need for enhanced security measures to protect innocent civilians on our roads.

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