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Ojuelegba Trailer Accident Family of victims demand N10bn compensation from FG, Lagos Govt

Family members of victims of last year's Ojuelegba traffic in Lagos have sued the FG and the Lagos State Govt.

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Scene of the tragic accident play

Scene of the tragic accident

(Pulse)

Few months after a tragic trailer accident that claimed the lives of three people at the Ojuelegba axis of Lagos State on September 2, 2015, some family members of victims have filed a N10 billion compensation suit against the Federal and Lagos State governments, reports Today News.

Read More: "Ojuelegba Accident: Update on the gruesome Lagos crash [VIDEO]"

The accident occurred when a container on a trailer heavily loaded with cement, driven by one Wasiu Adeleke, fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge and landed on two vehicles, one of which was the car in which the deceased persons were travelling.

The deceased were Abubaker Sule, Umaru Sulaiman and Kamilu Umaru.

Read More: "Ojuelegba Tragic Accident: Truck owner granted bail, driver to remain in prison"

The family of the deceased, in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, also joined as defendants the Attorney General of Lagos State, Lagos State Public Works Corporation and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency.

Others joined in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Road Safety Commission and driver of the ill-fated truck, and its owner Kilani Ojo Adeyanju, who is currently facing criminal charges before a Lagos State Magistrate’s Court for permitting Adeleke to drive the truck without a valid driver’s licence and other valid particulars.

In an affidavit in support of the suit sworn to by a Lagos businessman, Umar Abdul Wahab, and filed by their lawyers, Norrison Quakers, SAN, and Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, respectively, the deponent urged the court to declare that the death of the deceased persons was tantamount to heinous infractions on right to life, personal and human dignity and family harmony guaranteed by sections 33 and 34 of the Constitution, as well as articles 4,5,16 and 18 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right.

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