The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday submitted an interim report to the Federal Executive Council on the crash that killed Minister of State for Labour James Ocholi, his wife and son.

FRSC Corps Marshall Boboye Oyeyemi, who presented the report, said the investigation team discovered that over speeding led to the accident which occurred Sunday on the Kaduna-Abuja Road. Oyeyemi told the Federal Executive Council that the investigation also showed that Ocholi's driver had no licence.

He said it was also discovered that the late minister, his wife and the son were not on safety seat belts. Oyeyemi also stated that the investigation team discovered that the ill-fated vehicle conveying the late minister and his family had no walkie-talkie otherwise known as a handheld transceiver.

The FRSC boss said it was also found out that the tyres of the ill-fated SUV were not properly fixed and had no proper alignment. The FRSC helmsman added that all MDAs cars were not properly registered. President Buhari as well as the Ministers of Labour, Agriculture, Water Resources, State for Health, State for Niger Delta, State for Foreign Affairs paid glowing tributes to the late minister. Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal said the president had approved that the burial "is government affair".

He said a 13-man burial committee chaired by himself had been set up with Ministers of Labour, Health, Water Resources and Trade and Investment as members. Other members of the committee include Ocholi's sister and brother, Kogi State deputy governor.

The SGF added that the president had also approved that Ocholi's two children who are graduates be employed by the federal government, and two others who are still in school be given scholarship to the university level.

On the burial arrangement, the SGF said the dead bodies would leave the National Hospital on March 17 for Ocholi's hometown in Dekina, Kogi State; while the interment would be on March 18.


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