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Akpabio Escapes Death In Car Crash

Former Governor of Akwa Ibom And Senate Minority Leader Escapes Death By The Whiskers After His Convoy Was Involved In An Accident Leading To Brief Hospitalisation In Abuja

Immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom State and current Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is reportedly recuperating at the National Hospital, after his car was involved in an accident in the early hours of yesterday.

The UNION gathered that the accident happened about 7:30 a.m. at the junction near the Bolingo Hotel at the Central Business District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Akpabio’s convoy, The UNION also learnt, allegedly beat the traffic, while he was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to catch an international flight.

Our reporter learnt that Akpabio’s car ran into a convoy of a foreign envoy, whose identity had not been determined as at the time of filing in this report. According to an officer of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC), who craved anonymity, the occupants of the vehicles in the convoy of the Ambassador and Akpabio’s driver did not sustain any injuries. But the Senator, however, suffered some injuries in the chest region.

The FRSC officer, who was at the scene of the accident, added that Akpabio was immediately rushed to the National Hospital for an intensive care. One of the senator’s aides, sighted at the National Hospital, told our correspondent that Akpabio was traveling outside the country to visit his wife and children when the unfortunate incident happened.

The Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, who was one of the early callers at the hospital, explained that medical personnel at the hospital gave assurances that he was not in a bad state, though she did not see him, having been taken to a private care unit for adequate medical attention.

However, the Chief Information Officer, National Hospital, Mrs. Rabiah Labaran, who spoke on behalf of the Public Relations Officer, confirmed that Akpabio was brought to the hospital after the accident. She also added that the politician did not sustain serious injury while his driver was not injured at all, pointing out that Akpabio would leave the hospital as soon as possible. “He was brought in this morning after he had a car crash as I learnt.

He was brought in from the Bolingo Hotel junction where a vehicle crashed into his own vehicle from behind but lucky enough when they brought him, after the preliminary check-up, it was found out that he did not have any serious injury. “He was talking when he was brought in and they gave him necessary attention at the trauma unit.

I learnt that as at this afternoon, he was taken to the private wing of the hospital for proper care but there was no serious injury, though it has not been disclosed what kind of injury. “It is something he can come over in a few days. He is currently recuperating. He was with his driver but the driver did not sustain injury,” she said.

Akpabio was discharged late yesterday evening. Sources close to him said he would seek further medical attention abroad.


-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

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