former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, now Senate Minority Leader,
Godswill Akpabio, escaped death this morning after his car got
involved in an accident along the Airport Road in Abuja.
Premium Times reports that the accident occurred near the Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House, Abuja.
A witness said Mr. Akpabio was moving in a convoy of vehicles towards the City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car.
wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station and we stopped at the
traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When the green light showed
and we made to move, there was this siren blaring Mercedes Benz jeep
that came from the town and almost crashed onto my car. I don’t know how
we dodged but another that was behind the jeep hit the car behind me
and tumbled on its side.
“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle
and helped the driver bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we
found that it was former governor Godswill Akpabio.
“At the time
we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put him in the other
vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital.”
The witness said Mr. Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle.
He said the former governor was apparently rushing out of the city when his convoy beat the traffic and crashed.
Premium Times arrived at the National Hospital two hours after Mr.
Akpabio was admitted at the hospital, a security official said the
former governor was at the National Trauma Center.
however noted that Mr. Akpabio was later moved to a private section of
the hospital for X-ray and other investigations.
At about 10am, Premium Times met with the driver to the former governor, simply called David who confirmed the accident.
David said his boss was in stable condition but declined to say how the
accident happened. He wore a black jeens trouser with a white stripped
When contacted on the telephone, the Chief Medical
Director of the hospital, J. Momoh, said he could not speak on Mr.
Akpabio’s case because he has no authorisation from the family.
Momoh, who argued that it is against medical ethics to speak about a
patient in admission, did not however deny that Mr. Akpabio was being
admitted in the facility.
“I cannot speak about a patient in
admission without getting approval from his family. You should therefore
excuse me,” Mr. Momoh said.
When reminded that Mr. Akpabio is a
public official and Nigerian Senate Majority Leader and not a quiet
family man, Mr. Momoh still insisted he cannot speak on the matter.
about 12.25p.m. Mr. Akpabio’s predecessor, Governor, Udom Emmanuel,
arrived in a three-vehicle convoy, led by a Toyota Jeep, with
registration number, Yab 474 BG.
Mr. Udom was driven in a BMW salon car with the number plates covered.