Fashola debunks report of accident during inspection of Second Niger Bridge

Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has debunked report that a Federal Government team which comprised himself, Chief of Staff to the President Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr. Chris Ngige was involved in a fatal accident on Tuesday during an inspection of the Second Niger Bridge.

A statement released on Wednesday by Mr. Fashola’s media aide Hakeem Bello said the team, which also had managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Uche Orji, on arrival at the Asaba Airport in Delta State visited the interchange along Owerri-Onitsha Road and the east approach to the bridge in Onitsha from where they walked across to the west approach.

“After a media briefing by members of the Team, the Chief of Staff was conducted to the West approach at Asaba and the Toll Plaza of the Bridge before returning to Abuja.

“It was discovered much later that one of the vehicles in the Team of the Commissioner of Police from Anambra State had a mishap during which two policemen sustained injuries. It was confirmed from the Nigeria Police, Anambra State Command that they were treated at the Federal Medical Centre Asaba and had since been discharged.

“The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, following anxious calls from well-meaning members of the public about the safety of the members of the Federal Government delegation, expresses deep sympathies over the injured two men of the Anambra Police Command.

“However, no lives were lost at all as claimed in the false report by the online platform of a national daily,” parts of the statement read.