Bodies of five occupants of a Toyota Hiace bus that had plunged into River Sasa near Ogbere in Ogun State have been found.
The vehicle, which was coming from Lagos to Okitikupa, was said to have swung off the road and plunged into the river following some mechanical problems.
It was reliably gathered that the discovery of the bus with the registration number ONDO AKR 474 XA and its occupants followed a thorough search by the families of the passengers who later discovered that the said vehicle had plunged into River Sasa.
Finding by Nigerian Pilot Sunday revealed that the bus, which belongs to the Okitipupa Branch Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association, RTEAN, Mr. Titu James, took off from Lagos on the night of Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
According to James, the owner of the ill-fated bus and the passengers still made contacts around 8:00 p.m. when they were at Ijebu Ode.
“ My daughter, Miss Hannah James is one of the passengers and she still called me around 8:00 p.m. informing me that they stopped over to buy bread. After an hour when I called again to know their whereabouts, the call was not through.
“The driver of another bus which also took off at Oniyanrin Idumota loading bay, told me that he left them where they stopped to buy bread at Ijebu Ode.”
According to James, when all efforts to trace them proved abortive on Wednesday morning, a search team was put in place.
He added that the search team visited several police stations, hospitals and other places, but they could not be found.
It however learnt that the driver lost control that night and plunged into the river, but that it was on Thursday afternoon that the corpses of the occupants and the bus were recovered from the river.
The three remaining occupants, our source hinted were recovered on Friday morning and deposited at Ijebu Ode General Hospital.