Two of the deceased journalists worked with Independent Television (ITV) while the third was attached to African Independent Television (AIT). Many other people, including the Governor’s security details were also injured in the accident which happened around noon in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State. The Governor was said to be coming from an ACN rally in Afuze when the accident occurred.
A lorry coming in the opposite direction veered off the road and headed straight for the Governor’s vehicle. It however missed it narrowly and went on to hit a Toyota Land Cruiser conveying the Governor’s security details causing it to somersault. The lorry also hit the bus that carried the Government House Press Crew.
Those injured are still receiving medical attention at the Central Hospital in Benin. The Governor called off the rally that should have flagged off his campaign in the Edo South Senatorial zone which was billed to hold on Saturday.