Anambra govt to offset Kwata accident victims’ medical bills
The Anambra state government will pay the bills for the medical treatment of all the victims of the accident which occurred on Friday June 4, 2021, at the Akwata Junction in Awka, Anambra state.
This was announced in a statement by the commissioner for information and public enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba. It stated that the state government had volunteered to offset medical bills and have directed a team of top government officials to ensure that the victims received proper medical attention.
The statement further disclosed that the government had directed that the injured victims be taken to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, or any other hospital in the state for superior medical attention.
Orient Daily recalls that the accident occurred when a truck, which was conveying cattle to an unknown location, lost its brakes while descending the Kwata junction slope, knocking down eight hawkers and injuring four occupants of two other SUV cars, both of which were mangled.
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The incident, which happened about 2pm, attracted irate youths who, irked by the development, quickly mobilised and set the lorry ablaze, including the cows said, by sources, to belong to a man in Umunnachi, Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state.
Following the incident, the state government directed a special team to visit the families of the deceased victims as well as the owner of the cattle involved in the accident and warned residents against jungle justice and all manner of mob behaviour in the state.
By Lawrence Nwimo