Ocholi’s driver has no license – FRSC

Ocholi to be buried 18th of March

The state of Ocholi’s car after the accident along Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday. Inset: Late James Ocholi

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi has revealed that, James Elegbede, the driver of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi had no driver’s license as his name was not found on the data base of FRSC.

While presenting the accident’s Road Traffic Crash Investigation Interim Report to the Federal Executive Council , FEC, on Wednesday at the meeting of the body at the presidential villa, Abuja, Oyeyemi said Ocholi, his wife and son had died in the accident as a result of over speeding.

He disclosed that a search conducted on the commission’s database showed that the driver do not have a valid driver’s licence.


Oyeyemi said, “There was no record in the driver’s national data base of the driver of the minister with the name Taiwo James Elegbede.

“However, there was a record found on the driver’s licence database of the driver of minister’s back up vehicle with the name Ibrahim Abubakar.

Oyeyemi said after losing one of the rear tyres of the vehicle, the driver who was in high speed applied break and thereafter lost control of the vehicle.

“Information gathered revealed that the driver of the crashed vehicle was actually moving at excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre burst.”

The FRSC boss also said that although the vehicle’s tyres had not expired at the time of the accident, investigation revealed that they were wrongly fixed.

He added that Ocholi and his son were ejected from the car because they did not use the rear seat-belts.

“The major safety issues identified in this crash were the operating vehicle speed, driver’s panicky situation due to sudden tyre explosion, hard application of brake, tyre maintenance, vehicle crash worthiness and availability and non use of safety rear seat belts by the minister, his wife and son,” Oyeyemi added.

President Mohammadu Buhari, some select ministers paid glowing tributes to their fallen colleagues just as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal said Ocholi’s burial may hold between 16th and 18th of March, 2016.

It will be recalled that Ocholi died in a car accident with his wife and son, Sunday, on Kaduna-Abuja road.

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