An accident claimed the lives of two policemen attached to a former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday, while two others are in critical condition.
The tragic incident occurred when a truck lost control and ran into Mr Oshiomhole’s convoy near Oluku junction in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.
Oshiomhole was on his way to Usen to join the All Progressives Congress campaign train when the accident occurred.
The incident led the APC governorship candidate in Edo Osagie Ize-Iyamu to call off his rally in Usen.
Oshiomhole’s media team released a statement revealing details of the accident.
The statement read: “The convoy was headed to Usen Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally alongside Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the state, when a trailer driving in the same direction veered off its course, hit the back up Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying seven policemen, forcing it off the road into the bush and rammed into the Sports Utility vehicle carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“We are sad to report that two police personnel in the Toyota Hilux truck lost their lives while two others are in critical condition receiving treatment at a hospital in the state. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy , apart from those indicated above, did not sustain any injuries.”
The team described the incident as an assassination attempt on Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said he received the news of the incident with shock, commiserating with Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu and the victims’ families.
“I received the news of the accident with shock and commiserate with the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu over the very unfortunate incident involving their security aides and top chieftains of the party in the campaign team,” Obaseki said.