Lagos train crash: Sanwo-Olu suspends campaign, declares 3-day mourning

Lagos train crash: Sanwo-Olu suspends campaign, declares 3-day mourning

Promise Eze

Lagos State Governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, has declared a three-day mourning for those who died in the BRT train accident on Thursday morning.

In addition to suspending his campaign activities, Sanwo-Olu also said all flags would be flown at half-mast and all civil servants would work till 12 noon on Friday before returning home to be with their loved ones during “this trying time”.

Recall that a BRT staff bus conveying workers of the Lagos State government to the state Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, early Thursday morning was involved in a fatal accident as it collided with a train at the PWD Bus Stop.

The ill-fated bus with Lagos registration number; 04A- 48LA, number 33, was heading to Alausa, Ikeja from Isolo, and in the process of beating other motorists at the PWD rail crossing, Shogunle, collided with an oncoming train. It was carrying several passengers, majorly civil servants, and some dependents.

Speaking at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, when he visited to assess the situation and commiserate with victims, also canceled all public engagements and campaigns.

Sanwo-Olu said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the accident. The vehicle was conveying staff of the Lagos State Government, our staff who serve the state in different capacities.

“Let’s say a prayer for the families and a prayer of mercy and protection for our state.

“My thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.”

“This is a very sober time for us as a government, and while we acknowledge God as the giver of life, the one who determines every man’s destiny, it saddens us when we have incidents like this.

“There will be half day of work tomorrow (today) so we can jointly mourn our staff, our loved ones, and the dead can be buried. Flags will also fly at half mast for the next three days, and we are also declaring a three-day state mourning for the deceased.”


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