Two female workers of Nsukka local government area, Enugu state, were on Wednesday crushed to death by a trailer at Orba Road Nsukka, on their way home to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).
The two victims, identified as Mrs. Josephine Obetta and Caroline Ekeh, who both hailed from Ehalumona town, were riding on a Ladies Motorcycle when the unfortunate incident occurred.
It was gathered that the women reported to work early yesterday and went for the routine verification for salary payment and were told that there was a directive from the state government that only those with PVC would receive January salary.
The women quickly excused themselves to go back home and get the PVC.
They left the secretariat and were driving home when the truck, an articulated vehicle crushed them to death.
An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, said the two women on the Ladies motorcycle were trying to avoid an upcoming commercial motorcycle (okada) when the Truck, an articulated vehicle, crushed them.
Both women were said to have died instantly on the spot.
According to the eye-witness, the accident that killed the two women attracted a large crowd to the scene.
The crowd was said to have watched the women lying lifeless until the police arrived and took away their corpses.
It was gathered that the remains of the accident victims have been deposited at Faith Foundation Hospital Nsukka mortuary.
The entire Nsukka local government area secretariat was thrown into mourning as soon as the report of the incident filtered in.
Reacting, the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) blamed the local government council for the incident.
Mr George Ngwu, the Chairman of NULGE, Nsukka chapter, also described the accident as unfortunate and painful.
Ngwu said in order to control the tension caused by death of two of council workers the verification and payment of January salary have been suspended.
“To control charged atmosphere, I requested the council to suspend the verification and payment of salary when the news of the unfortunate incident filtered into the council,” he said
Ngwu however, blamed the Nsukka LGA for not posting the circular for council workers to bring their documents for verification on Wednesday earlier enough.
He added that if the circular was pasted before the close of work yesterday possibly the death of these two women could have been avoided as they could have come to work with their documents.
“We all saw the directive that voter’s card was a prerequisite for verification of payment of salary this morning and these women were only trying to comply by going home to get their PVC when they met their untimely death,” he said.
A police officer in Nsukka Urban Police Station who pleaded anonymity confirmed the accident that killed two workers of Nsukka LGA.
He said the driver of the articulated vehicle has already been detained as investigation was ongoing into the matter.
“Two women from Nsukka LGA were this morning crushed to death along Orba road Nsukka by articulated vehicle.
“Police have started investigations into the matter,” he said