By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, narrowly escaped death on Thursday when a convoy of bullion vans belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rammed into the Governor’s on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The incident, which occurred around Ibafo, while the Governor was traveling to Lagos for an official assignment, saw the CBN convoy damaging the escort vehicle in the Governor’s. The CBN vehicles, driving dangerously, attempted to overtake the Governor’s convoy without regards for the safety of other road users.
On sensing danger, the Governor’s escort commander used a public address system mounted on his vehicle to warn the CBN convoy to desist from such reckless driving. Not only was the Governor’s escort commander ignored, the CBN convoy drivers went ahead to crush his vehicle and subsequently went after other vehicles in the Governor’s team, including Amosun’s official car, before they were brought to a halt by his security team.
Reacting to the incident, Amosun said, “this is lawlessness and the height of impunity,” lamenting that, “if this could happen to a governor within his territory, you can imagine what they would do to our citizens who are simply going about their legitimate businesses.”
The Governor expressed disappointment with the reckless manner in which the CBN bullion van convoy often conducts itself on the road and warned that such acts of impunity will not be tolerated again within the borders of Ogun State. “We will not allow such senseless and reckless behavior in Ogun State,” Governor Amosun said.
This is not the first time the Governor would have cause to personally caution reckless CBN convoy drivers in the State. On several occasions, the Governor had to personally turn back reckless CBN bullion van drivers who often drive against traffic, with impunity, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.