Family of four perish in auto crash

By BOSE ADELAJA

Tears flowed freely, on Friday, when a family of four popularly called ‘the Bellos’, was involved in an auto crash which claimed their lives on the spot.

The tragedy involved one Alhaji Bello, his daughter in-law and her parents. One of Bello’s tenants was also a victim. The crash occurred at Agbowa-Ikosi area of Lagos State around 12noon.

According to eye witnesses, the family was travelling in two cars: Alhaji Bello and the victims  in one; the widow and their five-month old grandson in the other.  They left their Bayeku, Ikorodu residence for the graduation of their daughter at Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, and decided to bye-pass Sagamu Road for Agbowa due to the bad condition of the road.

An eye witness, Madam Kehinde Olufade, said the family had had a smooth journey until they got to a crater at Ikosi where motorists had to maintain a slow speed.  Due to the dilapidated nature of the road, a trailer, according to the eye witness,  was  facing the car driven by Alhaji Bello which he tried to avoid not knowing that a tipper behind him was also trying to overtake him.  The Bellos car was said to have landed in a ditch. ‘’As soon as the car entered the ditch, the tipper also lost control and fell into the ditch, killing the victims instantly,”the eye witness said.

Alhaji Bello was said to be planning a trip abroad with his wife which prompted her to apply for a change of name in Vanguard  newspaper of Friday. They were yet to buy a copy of the paper when the tragedy took place.

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