In the follow up to Sunday’s tragic car crash killing Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son, yesterday FRSC boss Boboye Oyeyemi presented an Interim Road Traffic Crash Investigation Report to the Federal Executive Council which stated that the accident was caused by over speeding.
The report revealed that:
- The driver of the Lexus SUV, James Elegbede, who survived the crash, had no driver’s license, as his name was not on the FRSC database.
- Ocholi and his son did not have their seatbelts on.
- The accident occurred when a rear tyre of the Lexus SUV burst causing the car to skid off the road, and somersaulted several times into the nearby bush.
Yesterday while speaking to State House correspondent, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal, said the final report on the accident will determine if Elegbede will be prosecuted. He said,
As to the issue of whether we would prosecute the driver, yes, Nigeria is not short of laws; the problem is that Nigerians find it very difficult to obey the laws. There is a speed limit in place and so if anybody chooses not to obey the traffic laws, of course, it is subject to prosecution by the agencies concerned. But as to this particular incident, I think we will leave it until the final report of the investigation comes out.
But, of course, as we say, accident is accident and nobody goes out deliberately to summersault and die, but as to allegations you claimed from the family, we are not aware and anybody who has anything to the contrary – that they didn’t die in an accident – is free to report to the law enforcement agencies who will appropriately take it up.
Ocholi family members suspect foul play, citing political disagreements which may lead to heated arguments and unexpected terrible actions.