On October 23, 2018, a Marcopolo bus belonging to Young Shall Grow Motors Limited got involved in a road crash along Lagos-Ibadan expressway and killed 10 passengers.

The bus company has now been asked by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC to compensate families of the 10 people who died in the fatal crash.

But that is not all as the Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, said the company and the driver of the vehicle would also be prosecuted.

Punch had reported that about 42 passengers left the South-East for Lagos in the Marcopolo bus belonging to the company.

The bus driver was said to have rammed into a stationary truck around 5.30am on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, killing nine persons on the spot, while the 10th victim died in a hospital

Survivors of the accident claimed that the bus driver smoked cigarette, drank alcohol and drove recklessly.

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He was alleged to have threatened the passengers who tried to report him to the police.

A survivor, Godwin Ikechukwu, said when he called the customer care line of the transport company to report the excesses of the driver, he was assured that the matter would be addressed.

He noted that when nothing was done, and he called back, the phone rang out several times before it was switched off.

The FRSC spokesperson, Kazeem, said it called the management of the company for a meeting on Friday, adding that among the resolution was the compensation of the victims’ families.

He said, “We invited Young Shall Grow Motors management to Abuja to have an interface with us. We asked them to produce the driver’s details. Also, both the company and the driver are liable and will be prosecuted.

“Other decisions taken included that they should forward the details of the driver; put in place adequate rest areas and drivers monitoring mechanism; provide adequate compensation to bereaved families; ensure compliance with the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme or be prosecuted; provide details of insurance policy; and develop a standard company drivers’ recruitment policy.”

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