Bayelsa state has been thrown into mourning as 12 prominent women
died in a ghastly auto crash near Old Ahoada Market on the Ahoada/Elele
section of the East/West Road, Rivers State.
According to reports, they were on their way back to Yenagoa, the
Bayelsa capital from the Port Harcourt International Airport where they
had gone to see off Mrs Patience Jonathan,Wife of President Jonathan.
The women,who are members of Mrs Jonathan’s female wing of the
Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, known as Women For Change Initiatives had
earlier visited Patience Jonathan in her country home of
Okrika community in Rivers State.
Among the dead were former Members of the State House of Assembly
and Commissioners from the state and the wife of the Secretary to the
Some of the identified victims were a Former Member of the State
House of Assembly from Brass Local Government and Special Adviser to
Governor Seriake Dickson, Mrs.Ruby Benjamin,a Former Commissioner for
Women Affairs under the administration of Gov. Timipre Sylva, Gimbra
Panowei,the Wife of Prof. Edmond Oguru,the Secretary to the State
Government,Mrs.Elizabeth Allison-Oguru and a Woman Leader from Otuoke
Community in Ogbia local government,Madam Consider Amadi.
Also killed in the accident was the wife of the owner of a popular
Montessori school known as Ayakpo International schools, Mrs. Inamamu
Ayakpor. Mrs Ebisinte Ayabowei, a former Bayelsa State Commissioner
survived in the accident. It was also a lucky escape for Former
Commissioner for Transport, Mrs.Marie Ebikake, who was recently sacked
by Governor Serieke Dickson’s administration for alleged disloyalty to
his administration. She also visited Patience Jonathan in Okrika but
reportedly drove back to Yenagoa in a separate vehicle.
According to the preliminary report from the men of the Federal Road
Safety Corps(FRSC) issued by the Bayelsa state Commander,Vincent Jack,
29 passengers in three separate vehicles were involved in the accident,
and 18 persons were reportedly injured, while 11 others were burnt
The three vehicle involved were identified as a Toyota Hiace Bus
with registration number, GBB591FS,Toyota Siena with registration
number, ABU640AE and Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number,
The FRSC who attributed the cause of the accident to tyre burst said:
”The injured were taken to Madonna
Hospital in Elele by the Police who first came to the scene. The Corpse
of one dead Woman was deposited at Oepdem Mortuary in Ahoada while
police took another Corpse to Rumuji. Nine others were burnt beyond
The Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in a statement by
his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iwariso-Markson, expressed deep pains,
shock and grief over the sudden death of the wife of Professor Edmond
Allison-Oguru, the Secretary to the State Government and a group of
prominent Bayelsa Women in a fatal road accident along the Ahoada/Elele
section of the East/West Road in Rivers State.
Dickson described the incident as tragic, a monumental and painful
loss to the State, stressing that, the women that, lost their lives in
the accident were our mothers and sisters.
Meanwhile, a Government House statement said all official
engagements of the Governor have been suspended for three days as a mark
of honour and respect for the souls of the departed women.