Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, escaped death after his car got involved in an accident along Airport Road in Abuja.
Premium Times reports that the accident happened on Monday, August 31, near the Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House, Abuja.
According to a witness, Akpabio was moving in a convoy of vehicles towards the City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car.
“My wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station and we stopped at the traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When the green light showed and we made to move, there was this siren blaring Mercedes Benz jeep that came from the town and almost crashed onto my car. I don’t know how we dodged but another that was behind the jeep hit the car behind me and tumbled on its side.
“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle and helped the driver bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we found that it was former governor Godswill Akpabio.
“At the time we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put him in the other vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital,” the witness said.
The witness added that the ex-governor was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle.
Shortly after the accident, Akpabio was reportedly admitted at the National Hospital. However, a security official revealed that the former governor was later moved to a private section of the hospital for X-ray and other investigations.
Meanwhile, the driver of the ex-governor confirmed the accident, noting that his boss was in stable condition. However, he declined to explain how the accident happened and provide any details.
When contacted, J. Momoh, the chief medical director of the hospital, said that he could not speak on Akpabio’s behalf because he has no authorisation from the family. The director noted that it is against medical ethics to speak about a patient in admission.
Another source at the hospital said that Akpabio was “doing OK” as he only suffered shock after the accident.
Speaking with The Cable, Tayo Hastrup, the spokesman of the hospital, confirmed the incident, adding that the former governor “was fine and responding well”.