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11 supporters of Mrs Jonathan die in auto crash

The Bayelsa Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Vincent Jack, said the accident occurred at Ahoada along East-West road in Rivers State.The women, who were…

The Bayelsa Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr. Vincent Jack, said the accident occurred at Ahoada along East-West road in Rivers State.
The women, who were all in the same bus, were the Bayelsa branch leaders of the Women for Change which is sponsored by first lady, Patience Jonathan.
Jack said the accident occurred when a Toyota Sienna had a burst tyre and rammed into a bus carrying the women while a jeep also rammed into the bus, resulting in a fire.
The FRSC official said nine persons were burnt to death, two died without burns while many others who sustained injuries were rushed to the Madonna clinic located in the area. One person was said to have survived.
According to Gbaregolo Eseimokumo, a former councillor in Ogbia LGA who is a relative of one of the victims, the dead include Mrs Consider Amadi, a former women leader in Ogbia; Mrs Clara Abila, a grassroots politician; Mrs Immaculate Amasimua, a former commissioner in the Civil Service Commission; and Mr Elisabeth Oguru, wife of the Secretary to the State Government. Others are Mrs Zimbra Goma, former Commissioner for Women Affairs; Ruby Benjamin, former House of Assembly member representing Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa.
 According to a security source, all the women in the bus died except one woman who was receiving medical attention. The women were said to have paid a two-day solidarity visit to the first lady in Okirika in Rivers. The Bayelsa State government had yet to react to the development at press time.

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