One of the most shocking stories of the tragic accident involving a Young Shall Grow luxurious bus and a Dangote cement truck was that of Nneka and Kenneth Ojielo, a couple who died in the accident. Theirs is a story that will bring tears to many eyes because Kenneth had not seen his wife in the last 10 years until Thursday, the day before they both perished in the explosion.“My sister travelled to Lagos from Enugu on Wednesday. On Thursday, I took her to the airport to welcome her husband. No one could separate them when Kenneth eventually came out with his luggage. They kissed for about 15 minutes and everybody around just stood watching.”
younger brother, Ogonna Abako, told Punch that “Kenneth travelled to
Austria in 2003 in search of greener pastures. Before he left, they
already had five children. Their eldest child is 21.
actually got married very early. Kenneth was 26 years old when they got
married while my sister was about 20 years old at the time. Everybody
was joyous when we heard he was coming home."
A picture of the
joyous reunion taken by Ogonna’s wife on her mobile phone at the airport
showed a couple with much happiness written all over their faces.
But that joy was short-lived.
Friday, they decided to travel to Enugu. Kenneth wanted to meet his
children as soon as possible. The children too were ecstatic in Enugu as
they kept calling, asking their father, whom they had not seen in the
last 10 years, to get home on time.
Ogonna said, “I drove my
sister and her husband to a hotel and lodged them there. The following
day, I woke up early to take them to the bus park. We got to Jibowu and
realised that the Ekene bus they wanted to take had already left.
“I wanted them to take a smaller bus, but Kenneth insisted he would rather board the luxury bus.”
couple held hands in the bus and prayed for journey mercies as Ogonna
bid them farewell, not knowing it was for the last time. He said he
called his sister’s phone at 3pm but it did not connect. He thought
there was at network problem.
“When it was 6pm, my sister’s
eldest child called and said she had not seen her parents. I then asked
my brother to go to the Young Shall Grow park in Enugu. He was told
there that only two of the company’s buses took off from Lagos that day,
one from Maza Maza and one from Jibowu.
“Many families were
waiting for their relations at the park too. The bus that took off from
Maza Maza got to the park and that was when the passengers broke the
news of the accident to waiting families. Those children will never see
their father and mother again,” Abako said as he dabbed at his teary
Worse is the fact that their bodies cannot be claimed by
their family members for burial as they were burnt beyond recognition
and were therefore given a mass burial on Tuesday in Benin.
What a sad way to end their journey...all the 10 years hustle of the husband gone. So sad!