By Xavier Odey Ojeka
A terrible accident occurred yesterday, Thursday evening along the busy Ikom-Calabar High Way, close to the Eckankar Temple in Ugep when a trailer with plate number FUN 69 XA lost control and skidded off the road.
An eye witness said the trailer which was carrying goats from the northern part of the country fell in motion killing a police escort who was accompanying the trailer.
Many of the herd were also reported to have died in the process while those that survived the ordeal escaped into near by bushes.
The accident, which occurred about 7:52 pm on Thursday, 6th of October 2016, was said to have happened when the trailer bumped into a pot hole at high speed and lost control.
It took about 35 minutes after the accident before policemen from Ugep Division and some members of the Obol Lopon Vigilante arrived the scene to restore sanity and ease traffic.
However, villagers who rushed to the scene apparently to loot goats where disappointed when they heard one person had died.
Speaking to one of them, he told our reporter that “According to our tradition, if an accident occur and one is dead, nobody touches the dead body or his or her belongings” .
The driver, an Hausa man and few others escaped death while a member of the vigilante group told our reporter this morning that the dead victim had long been taken to the hospital morgue in Ugep while some more members of the vigilante group were assisting the Hausa traders to look for the remaining goats in the surrounding bushes.
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