OBJ's car runs into gully
Monday, September 17, 2007 - By Debo Abdulai
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo suffered the harrowing experiences many Nigerians go through on a daily basis when the rear tyre of a Mercedes Benz SUV (Jeep) he was traveling in burst at Boluwaji area of Ibadan on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
The Mercedes jeep which was part of a four-car convoy was on its way outside Ibadan when the ugly incident happened on Saturday, around 11 am.
The black Mercedes Benz jeep with registration number ABUJA BU 538 RBC, according to eye witness account, suddenly ran into a gully on the very bad express road which did not get the attention of the former president during his tenure.
Obasanjo was said to have scurried out of the car when the incident occurred directly opposite Igovil petrol station. He was sitting at the right side at the back where the tyre burst.
Immediately the incident occurred, many of those who sighted him, according to an eye-witness account, poured venom on him for neglecting the road during his tenure.
But characteristic of Obasanjo however he sat glued, looking unconcerned while security details protected the convoy from a possible attack from the angry crowd.
As at the time Sunday Tribune got to the scene however, Obasanjo had been driven away but the vehicle was still being attended to by the driver, an SSS detail and two armed men.
More embarrassment was to come for the Obasanjo team however as the spare tyre which was fixed by the driver also went flat before a young vulcanizer nearby inflated it and he was paid by the SSS detail.
The Lagos/Ibadan express road has suffered a total collapse which on a daily basis witness serious accidents often leading to loss of lives.