Families of Ojuelegba container mishap victims sue Lagos State, FRSC for N10 billion
Five family members of the victims of the September 2015 container crash at Ojuelegba have filed a N10 billion suit against the Lagos State government, and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
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The family also joined the driver and owner of the trailer, Wasiu Adeleke and Kilani Ojo Adeyanju in the suit.
Other defendants in the case are Lagos State Attorney General, the state public works corporation and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency.
Also joined as defendants are the Attorney General of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Works.
On September 2, 2015, a container loaded with cement fell off the Ojuelegba bridge and landed on a Nissan SUV killing occupants of the car immediately.
After the incident, the Lagos State government tried to enforce the law that restricts trucks and other articulated vehicles from plying the road during the day, but the attempt was resisted by trailer drivers who protested the move by refusing to lift goods from the port.
The applicants in the suit are Umar Abdulwahab, Usman Sulaiman, Ismala Maikankan, lbrahim Ibrahim and Sulaiman Umaru, who are all family members of the victims.
The plaintiffs are represented by lawyers Norrison I. Quakers, SAN, and Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, on behalf of the plaintiffs.