Road Safety Releases Report On How Former ASUU President, Festus Iyayi, Died
The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), has released its report on the accident which claimed the life of the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Festus Iyayi.
Iyayi died in the accident at the peak of the negotiations between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government, while on his way to Kano for a meeting of the union.
According to the report, the holes found on the chest of the late, were caused by body parts of the vehicle in which he died after an accident.
Here’s how The Punch reported it:
The report, dated March 21, 2014, also indicted the driver of a vehicle in the convoy of Kogi State Governor Idris Wada as a cause of the accident which occurred on Lokoja-Abuja road. The accident occurred on November 12, 2013.
The FRSC investigating team, which dismissed weather or vehicle conditions as probable causes of the accident, stated that the convoy vehicle, a Toyota Hilux pick-up van, was conveying six police details.
The team stated that Iyayi was the only one who died in the accident while others in both vehicles sustained various degrees of injuries.
The nature of the injuries noticed on Iyayi’s heart area had fueled speculations that he might have been shot in the chest region, implying that he might not have died as a result of the accident alone.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, was among many Nigerians who called for an autopsy to be carried out on Iyayi’s corpse before the deceased was eventually buried on December 7, 2013.
The FRSC report was made available on Sunday by the chamber of Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who had on the instruction of ASUU, requested for it from the corps under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.
The Corps Legal Adviser, an Assistant Corps Marshall, had signed the letter reply ASUU’s earlier request dated, February 12, 2014.
The FRSC report stated that Iyayi’s heart region was pierced by “reinforcement materials” of the bus conveying him during the accident.
The report stated in part, “The FRSC Investigation Team determines that the probable cause of the crash was the deliberate failure of V#2’s (convoy vehicle’s) driver to return fully or stick to his lane of travel.
“Contributing to the injury severity was speed, the direction of impact and one of V#1’s body reinforcement materials which pierced through the heart area of the fatally injured.”
The team of FRSC investigators stated in its report that the corps to seek “more legal powers to bring convoy drivers to justice when involved in traffic infractions that may lead to crashes.”
Iyayi, a lecturer at the University of Benin, died in the accident along Lokoja-Abuja road on November 12, 2013, while on his way, along with others, to attend a meeting of the National Executive Council of ASUU in Kano.
According to the FRSC report, the driver of the convoy vehicle, which was traveling in opposite direction to the one conveying Iyayi and others, left his own lane, “reducing the traffic space for oncoming vehicles and in the process sideswiped the left side of the bus”.
The FRSC report also blamed the accident on the delay in the completion of the road project and failure of the construction companies to provide adequate traffic guidance and channelisation.
The investigating team recommended a quick completion of the road, and also urged governor’s to “liaise with FRSC for convoy drivers’ proper orientation and enlightenment”.
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