It was reported that the driver of the commercial bus belonging to Iyare Motors with the number plate, BEN 313 YZ had picked eight passengers at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos upon their arrival from Spain.
After the driver picked two more passengers, the bus headed for Benin City, Edo State, where the returnees wanted to attend a wedding.
However, some distance away from Sagamu Interchange along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the bus, reportedly on top speed, rammed into the rear of a truck in an attempt to overtake the vehicle. Seven passengers died in the crash.
A total of 14 passengers comprising six males and eight females were involved in the crash while four injured victims were rushed to OOUTH by an FRSC team on routine patrol along the expressway.
The corps Public Education Officer in the state, Route Commander Florence Okpe, in a statement on Friday said the bus was overloaded with luggage, adding that the money (€65,000) was found in the luggage.
It was observed that some of the passengers were travelling with cash including foreign currencies. The FRSC rescue team recovered the following cash and items: 32 travelling bags comprising 16 large travelling bags, seven extra large travelling bags and nine large ‘Ghana-must-go bags. Sums of €65,780, £80,238 euro cents and N84,800 were recovered,” the statement read in part.
According to Punch Newspaper, the Ogun State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps says it has handed over a sum of €65,000 (about N27m) recovered from the wreckage of a Toyota Hiace bus involved in a crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday to the owners.
The money was presented to the owners on Friday by the Ogun State FRSC Sector Commander, Corps Commander Clement Oladele and the Unit Commander, Sagamu Unit Command, Assistant Corps Commander Mohammed Abdullahi at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.