Eleven prominent Bayelsa women supporting the first lady Patience Jonathan on Saturday night, burnt to death in a ghastly auto crash.
The women paid a solidarity visit to the first lady in Okirika where they spent two days, were on their way back to Yenagoa before the accident occurred at Ahoada, in Rivers State.
According to the preliminary report from the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) issued by the Bayelsa state Commander, Vincent Jack, 29 passengers in three separate vehicles were involved in the accident, and 18 persons were reportedly injured, while 11 others were burnt beyond recognition.
The FRSC who attributed the cause of the accident to tyre burst said:
”The injured were taken to Madonna Hospital in Elele by the Police who first came to the scene. The Corpse of one dead Woman was deposited at Oepdem Mortuary in Ahoada while police took another Corpse to Rumuji. Nine others were burnt beyond recognition”.
The Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iwariso-Markson, expressed deep pains, shock and grief over the sudden death of the wife of Professor Edmond Allison-Oguru, the Secretary to the State Government and a group of prominent Bayelsa Women in a fatal road accident along the Ahoada/Elele section of the East/West Road in Rivers State.
Dickson described the incident as tragic, a monumental and painful loss to the State, stressing that, the women that, lost their lives in the accident were our mothers and sisters.