It was indeed a black weekend in Bayelsa as eleven women supporters of the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, died in a ghastly road accident at Ahoada axis on the east-west Road, Rivers State.

The victims were Bayelsa branch leaders of Women For Change, an organization sponsored by the Mrs. Jonathan.

The women were returning to their base in Bayelsa after a two-day solidarity visit to the first lady in Okirika, Rivers State.

According to the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, nine of the victims were burnt to death, while two died without burns.

FRSC Bayelsa State Commander,Vincent Jack, said most of the victims were burnt beyond recognition in the accident that involved three vehicles.

Prominent among the dead were Mrs. Elisabeth Oguru, wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Zimbra Goma, former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ruby Benjamin, former House of Assembly member representing Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa; amongst others.

Others were: A former councillor in Ogbia Local Government Area, Gbaregolo Eseimokumo, listed some of the victims as Consider Amadi, a former women leader in Ogbia, Clara Abila, a grassroots politician, Immaculate Amasimua, former Commissioner at the Civil Service Commission in Bayelsa.

Meanwhile, former Commissioner for Transport, Mrs.Marie Ebikake, who was originally part of the trip, was spared death, as she reportedly drove back to Yenagoa in a separate vehicle.

Ebikake was recently fired by Governor Serieke Dickson for disloyalty.


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