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JUST IN: Tragic accident caused by police checkpoint claims 18 lives on Umuahia-Enugu highway

Reports just in indicate that no fewer than 18 travellers have been killed in a crash on the Umuahia-Enugu axis of the Port Harcourt Enugu Highway this morning.

According to the report, the accident occurred at a police checkpoint around the Lokpanta area of Abia State in the wee hours of today.  

An 18-seater commercial bus was at the checkpoint awaiting police clearance when a truck driver lost control and rammed into them killing the driver and all the passengers. 

Mr Bananas Okereke, who witnessed the tragedy, described the aftermath as harrowing, with the bodies of the victims strewn across the scene hours after the accident. 

Reports indicate that road users, including colleagues of the bus driver, have taken to the streets, calling for justice and vowing to remain in protest until Governor Alex Otti visits the scene. 

The protesters also alleged that the policemen at the check point contributed to the accident.

 “Colleagues of the bus driver and other road users have taken over the road, demanding Justice for the victims,” Okereke said.