The Lagos State Government has ensured the families of late Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) employees – Chidinma Ajoku and Chima Nnaekpe – who were involved in an accident weeks ago, that justice will be served for their untimely deaths.
Recall that a truck conveying a 20-feet container had crush them both when it fell on a commercial bus, injuring three others on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Ilasamaja area of Lagos.
This is Chidinma Ajoku’s mum. Deedee recently died because a container fell on the car she was in. Enough is enough ! It’s time to get these tankers and trailers off the road! It’s time to get justice. We can’t keep quiet and allow people to keep dying and suffering due to useles pic.twitter.com/COEbXHHXuk
— M (@MineKohwo) July 30, 2020
During a condolence visit to the family of one of the victims, 27-year-old Chidinma Ajoku, on Wednesday, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) accompanied by some top officials from the state’s Ministry of Justice said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu feels her pain and is doing everything to ensure that those responsible for the incident are arrested, prosecuted and that the family gets justice.
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Losing a loved one is extremely painful, but what is more painful is losing them prematurely. Sadly, that was the fate that befell the Ajoku and Nnaekpe families when they lost Chidinma Ajoku aged 27 and Chima Nnaekpe, aged 29 to a fallen container while on their way home from work at Ilasamaja. Their deaths are totally avoidable, and we take responsibility for this sad incident. The onus is now on us to enforce stricter and more stringent laws in order to put a total stop to these unfortunate incidents. The heat of the sun will not be an excuse for the hot temper and impatience of trailer drivers, container drivers and truck drivers on our roads. We will deploy security forces as cooling aids for them. It is indeed very sad that these young, innocent and hardworking people died in their prime due to no fault of theirs. I deeply sympathize with the families, and I pray that God grants them strength during this difficult period. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) represented me and the entire Lagos state government on a condolence visit to the Ajoku and Nnaekpe families, and relayed my message to them. We will ensure the departed and their families get the justice they deserve. I have charged the Commissioner of Police to ensure a thorough investigation, and instructed the Attorney General to lead the prosecution of this case before the court and ensure that justice is served appropriately and swiftly.
“At the Lagos State Executive Council Meeting, we’ve discussed the issue and the governor was so upset. He said in the law which we are currently amending, we should ensure that containers that are not latched, that if they fall off and injure anyone or damage any property, we will hold the owner of the container responsible in addition to the owner of the truck and the truck driver. So we are going to add that to the amendment which we are proposing to the State House of Assembly”
“This is happening too many times and we will use this incident to ensure that going forward the law will deal adequately with all those responsible. The governor is a parent and most of us in the Exco are also parents. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child and we must commend the remarkable courage you have displayed. But know that we are not unconcerned, we will ensure that the people who are responsible face the full wrath of the law. We will brief you on every stage of the matter from arrest to prosecution and I will personally handle the prosecution to show you how seriously we take the matter. Your daughter will not die in vain,” the Attorney-General said.
In her response, Mrs. Ajoku said, “Please tell the Governor that I am overwhelmed that he took this step to make sure that those responsible are brought to book. I am grateful and my family is grateful. I know that now that the government has stepped into the matter, we will get justice in a short while and this really is all I’m asking. Let them know that there are laws in Lagos because if we don’t use one person as a scapegoat, other people will feel they can do what they like. I am glad that what I want is what is being done”.
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