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Akpabio escapes death in serious road accident

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Collins Olayinka, Abuja   |   01 September 2015   |   4:49 am  

AkpabioFormer Akwa Ibom State governor and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, is recuperating at the National Hospital, Abuja, following his involvement in a car accident in the early hours of yesterday.

It was gathered that Akpabio was on his way to the Airport to catch an international flight when the incident occurred at the traffic Junction close to Bolingo Hotel, along the Abuja Airport Road, Central Business District.

An officer of the Federal Roads Safety Corps, who disclosed the incident to some journalists on anonymous condition, stated that the other vehicle belonged to an envoy and was on a convoy when the accident occurred.

According to him, neither the occupants of the vehicles in the convoy nor Akpabio’s driver sustained injury. He said only the Senator was injured in the chest region.

The FRSC officer, who was believed to be at the scene of the accident, stated that Akpabio was immediately rushed to the National Hospital for examination and treatment.

One of the Senator’s aides sighted at the National Hospital later confirmed that Akpabio was traveling outside the country to visit his wife and children when the incident occurred.

The Deputy Senate Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, who was one of the early callers at the hospital, said the medical personnel informed  her that the Senator was in a stable condition.

The Chief Information Officer of the National Hospital, Hajia Rabiah Labaran, told journalists in her office that Akpabio was brought to the hospital by some FRSC officers who rescued him from the scene of the accident.

Labaran said: “He (Akpabio) was brought in this morning after he had a car crash as I learnt. He was brought in from the Bolingo Hotel Junction where a vehicle crashed into his own vehicle from behind.

“Lucky enough, when they brought him after the preliminary check-up, it was found out that he did not have any serious injury. He was talking when he was brought in and they gave him necessary attention at the trauma unit.

“I learnt that as at this afternoon, (12:30pm), he was taken to the private wing of the hospital for proper care, but there was no serious injury, though it has not been disclosed what kind of injury.

“It is something he can come over in a few days. He is currently recuperating. He was with his driver but the driver did not sustain injury.”



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