‘How we escaped death’

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johnson Ikudayisi and Temitope Orebe, who are Ekiti State students’ leaders studying at in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, escaped death in a road accident. They were returning from Ekiti after sorting out bursary and scholarship payments when they had an accident.

Johnson, 500-Level Dentistry, was the chairman of the Federation of Ekiti State Students’ Union (FESSU) electoral commission, Temitope, 400-Level Law, is the president of the union at OAU.

The duo had gone to Ado-Ekiti to meet officials of the State Scholarship Board and the Governor. After the meeting, the students’ leaders left for Ife.

However, 20 minutes into the journey, the bus they were riding in somersaulted at Igede-Ekiti and rammed into an electric pole. The pole fell on the bus.

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Reliving the incident, Johnson said he was typing a message on his phone when “we heard a loud sound and that was the end”.

He said: “A power line fell on the bus and we were not electrocuted. I shouted blood of Jesus. We were 15 in the bus. How we escaped is still a mystery to us. Nobody could say if the accident happened as a result of over speeding.”

Johnson noted that he was in shock before Temitope got a cab to take them to Ekiti State General Hospital, Iyin, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government.

He said at the time they left the scene of the incident and the hospital, some passengers were in coma and they left for Ife that same night.

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On the lesson learnt, Ekiti said that he would move closer to God now that he has been saved.

He advised the officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to rid the roads of bad buses that were not road worthy.

The drivers, he advised, should be made to undergo training before they should be given driving licence and periodic training for their staff.


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