The University of Benin has lost three members of her teaching staff to a fatal accident along Abudu Village, Orhiommwon local government area of Edo state.
The deceased lecturers, who were of the Faculty of Pharmacy and 19 others, were returning from an assignment in Awka, Anambra state when the incident occurred on Thursday, December 8.
In a statement by UNIBEN’s Public Relation Officer, Mr. Micheal Osasuyi, the victims were identified as Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Prof. Lucky Okunrobo; Acting Head of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Dr. Godwin Joseph; and Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Dr. Saturday Idemudia.
The statement quoted the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Faraday Orumwense, as expressing shock over the incident.
The deceased lost their lives in the incident and were given a mass burial, The Nation reports, quoting a statement from the Public Relations Officer of the State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), George Otoaviokha.
Otoaviokha said the victims were buried in a mass grave on Saturday, December 10 as their families could not identify their charred remains.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki commiserated with the institution over the loss of the lecturers, describing it as “unfortunate and mind boggling.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, John Mayaki, the governor said, “This, indeed, is an unfortunate incident in which several lives including four members of the academia have been lost in one fell swoop.
“I, on behalf of the good people of Edo state, commiserate with the Vice Chancellor and management of the institution and family members of the deceased lecturers for this great lamentation.
“Our heart-felt pain also goes out to family members who lost their loved ones in the sad incident.
“While the state government will liaise with the relevant agencies to know the actual cause of the accident, the state government however, encourages motorists and other road users to comply with traffic safety measures at all times, especially during this festive period.”