No fewer than 17 passengers died in a road accident in the early hours of Tuesday on the Kwali-Abaji expressway within the Federal Capital Territory.
The road accident also injured four passengers, leaving one uninjured.
According to a statement signed by Federal Road Safety Group spokesperson Bisi Kazeem on Tuesday, investigation into the fatal accident revealed that the accident involved a DAF Trailer 1 with registration number BAU 632 XA and a Toyota Bus with registration number GME 201 ZU.
The main cause of the accident, according to the report compiled by the Corps, was excessive speed and fatigue.
He said the emergency rescue team of the corps completed the rescue of the injured victims at the Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary.
Speaking on the causes of the accident, Dauda Biu said drivers should avoid speeding as accident investigations over the years have attributed the major causes of accidents in Nigeria to excessive violation of the legal speed limit on all roads.
Both also revealed that the fatigue was due to the driver enjoying a night trip without taking proper rest during the driving time.
According to him, it was this and several other factors that prompted the Federal Government to initiate the mandatory implementation of sensitization and subsequent installation of mandatory speed limiter devices by the Corps.
While cautioning against compromising road traffic rules, the Corps assured of intensifying massive operational activities that will put an end to the menace.
In conclusion, he advised the public to always patronize FRSC freeline 122 and National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM, which are always available to all road users to report emergencies.