after he jumped a traffic light Monday morning along Airport Road in
Abuja and crashed near Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, now Senator Akpabio escaped
death after his car got involved in the accident.
A witness said Akpabio was moving in a convoy of vehicles towards the
City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car.
In his words, “My wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station
and we stopped at the traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When
the green light showed and we made to move, there was this siren
blaring Mercedes Benz jeep that came from the town and almost crashed
onto my car. I don’t know how we dodged; but another that was behind
the jeep hit the car behind me and tumbled on its side.
“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle and helped the driver to
bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we found that it was
former governor Godswill Akpabio.
“At the time we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put
him in the other vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital.”
The witness said Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic
condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle.
He said the former governor was apparently rushing out of the city
when his convoy beat the traffic and crashed.
At the National Hospital two hours after Akpabio was admitted to the
hospital, a security official said the former governor was at the
National Trauma Center.
The source however noted that Akpabio was later moved to a private
section of the hospital for X-ray and other investigations.
At about 10am, the driver to the Senator, simply called David
confirmed the accident.
David said his boss was in a stable condition but declined to say how
the accident happened. He wore a pair of black jeans trouser with a
When contacted on the telephone, the Chief Medical Director of the
hospital, Dr J. Momoh, said he could not speak on Akpabio’s case
because he had no authorisation from the family.
Momoh, who argued that it was against medical ethics to speak about a
patient on admission, did not deny that Akpabio was being treated at
“I cannot speak about a patient on admission without getting approval
from his family. You should therefore excuse me,” Dr. Momoh said.
When reminded that Akpabio was a public official and Nigerian Senate
Minority Leader and not a quiet family man, Momoh still insisted he
could not speak on the matter.
At about 12.25p.m. Akpabio’s successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel,
arrived in a three-vehicle convoy, led by a Toyota Jeep.
Udom was driven in a BMW salon car with the number plates covered.
Akpabio’s physician, Dr. Iniobong Essien, later rushed to the National
Hospital to oversee the medical treatment of the former governor.