In the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, a careless driver who was apparently driving against traffic killed a family of five and their housekeeper.continue reading
On Sunday, August 5, 2023, the incident took place at the Umudibia neighbourhood near Maternity Junction and the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri.
The family’s patriarch, Arthur, also known as Agwu Oti Aka, won a silver medal in para-badminton despite having a disability. On August 14, 2023, he was slated to compete in a disabled badminton match for Nigeria in the US.
When the disaster happened, Arthur was riding a motorcycle with some of his kids while his wife, housekeeper, and other kids were travelling on two other motorcycles.
“Arthur as I fondly called the deceased was living in the same house with me at Weathral till this last Sunday when he perished with his family. He has only one hand and was about to represent the country on Disabled Badminton competition in the USA on the 14th August 2023. He runs a restaurant at Polynek school junction,” he explained.
He was on top speed on his way back and he lost control of the steering at Maternity junction, Umuokoto on Polynek-Ihiagwa road. He ended up knocking down a man and the entire family of Arthur face to face. Arthur and his family were on their way home at 11:05pm whereas the suspect was heading back to the joint after collecting money at the ATM,” Mekoyo said“He left his right lane and rammed into Arthur and family. Arthur was carrying his wife and his last born (daughter) of one year and two months on his red Windy Motorbike, whereas another bike was carrying his maid and two boys of about 7 and 5 years. He died on the spot with his first child whereas the wife, baby, second child, house help and the bike man died at FMC Owerri,”