January 27, 2023

Church Security Escapes Death as Articulated Truck Smash Fence

A Security man with the Headquarters of Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN in Jos, the Plateau State capital today narrowly escaped death as a fully loaded articulated truck with Cement lost its brake and smashed the Church fence.

The security man, Mr. Richard Gowon said he was trying to wash his hand at the security outpost close to the fence when he heard a loud sreeching sound from the truck which rammed the fence before he could move away.

“Initially I thought it was a bomb that they were carrying to attack the Church, until when I ran to the other side and saw the truck driver coming out of the truck in shock before I approached them for further interrogation” Mr. Gowon revealed.

Mr. Gowon appreciated God for saving him from the accident, saying he could have been the first casualty.

The driver was not at hand at the time of filling the report but his conductor, Mohammed Baba revealed that they discovered a brake failure on the truck while approaching the Plateau Specialist Hospital roundabout and there was nothing the driver could do so they only managed to that point.

“We were heading to offload the cement at Polo, but we discovered that going straight to Polo with a failed brake will cause more damage and so we decided to take the Fidelis Tapgun Road believing that the small hill before the Central Bank of Nigeria roundabout will help slow down the truck to minimize whatever accident that may occur.

“On reaching there, the driver tried to pump and jack the truck but could not help and the truck reverse and hit the Church fence” he said.

Mr. Mohammed regretted the incident, saying they traveled from Edo state to Jos only to have the accident some meters away from their final destination.

The incident is coming at a time that the nation is lamenting incessant accidents cause by articulated trucks and tankers around the country. The most recent is the fuel tanker fire accident in Kogi state which claimed twenty eight lives.