2nd December, 2010
A PDP women leader in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, Mrs. EmilaÂ Agbiji died Monday in an auto crash along the Ikom -Calabar highway while rushing toÂ Calabar to welcome the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who was on a visit toÂ Calabar to launch Mrs. Obioma Imokeâ€™s empowerment programme.
The woman was among a group of women provided with buses by the wife of the stateÂ governor to bring women across the state to the programme.
She reportedly died from the injuries she sustained on her head when the OgojaÂ council bus she was travelling in ran into the bush after its front tyre explodedÂ while on top speed at Akpet in Biase Local Government Area of the state.
Several women, including Hope Oko, Aduke Audu, Monica Inyambe, Agi Ibu sufferedÂ injuries during the crash.
â€œWe left Ogoja for Calabar at about 10a.m., which was rather late considering theÂ bad state of the road and the First Lady was scheduled to arrive Calabar at 12 p.m.Â The driver was speeding when suddenly the tyre burst. The driver lost control andÂ the bus ran into the bush. That was where Emilia died,â€ Hope Oko told P.M.NEWS atÂ the General Hospital, Ogoja.
The journey to Calabar was aborted as a result of the crash and the women whoÂ sustained injuries were taken to Ugep General Hospital before they were transferredÂ to the General Hospital, Ogoja.
Efforts made to reach Ms. Marilyn Omuabor, press secretary to Obioma Imoke toÂ comment on the incident, proved abortive as her GSM phone was switched off.
â€”Emma Una/ Calabar