GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has denied report by an Abuja-based national newspaper that his convoy caused an accident along the Kubwa expressway in Abuja on Tuesday, February 16.
Umahi, in a statement on Thursday, February 18 by Emma Anya, his chief press secretary, said it was unfortunate that his convoy was being linked to the crash simply because it took place a few seconds before the vehicles in the convoy entered the highway.
The statement read in part: “We state clearly that no vehicle in the convoy obstructed any vehicle on the said road much less of causing the said accident. For purpose of clarity, the said crash happened metres away from his Excellency’s convoy.
“Going by a police account as reported by the newspaper, the vehicle driven by the occupant skidded off a bridge and fell into a ditch, it would be clear to those who know the route well that the governor’s convoy could not have been responsible for the crash. This is so because the convoy was linking the Kubwa Highway from Katampe through an inter section almost under the flyover bridge.”
The governor insisted that no protocol officer in his Abuja office spoke with The Daily Trust correspondents as claimed in the news report. “If the paper insists, it should name such officer,” the statement said.
Nevertheless, Umahi expressed sadness that Mukaila Inakakana, occupant of the vehicle died.
— Feb 29, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT