The family of Simon Onwubalili and the Igbo community in Jos, Plateau State were in state of mourning following the death of family of four in a car accident between Aleyede and Oturkpo road in Benue State.
The story of Ijeoma Onwubalili was more pathetic, she died a day to her birthday, she was going for her traditional wedding and she was also to be inducted as a Medical student in the first quarter of 2018 but death would not allow it. She died unfulfilled.
The victims were indigenes of Ufuma in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The victims are a patent medicine dealer, Simon Onwubalili; his wife, Ifeoma, who was a staff member of the National Examination Council; a graduate of Medicine awaiting induction into the NMA, Dr Ijeoma Onwubalili; and her sister, Gracious Onwubalili.
However, the driver of the car with number plate, Abuja ABC 105 PH, and one of the family members, Marvel Onwubalili, survived the accident.
They were said to be going for Ijeomaâ€™s traditional wedding scheduled for December 31, 2017, when the accident occurred.
It was also gathered that the induction of Ijeoma in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was to take place in the first quarter of 2018.
The first son of the family, Onyedika Onwubalili, confirmed the incident, saying â€œYes, it is true,â€ but gave no further details.
Another family member, who did not want to be named, said the incident happened on Sunday.
He said, â€œSimon Onwubalili and his family left Jos on Saturday en route to their hometown of Enugu Abor in Ofuma, in the Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Their chauffeur-driven Toyota Highlander somersaulted on the way. The man had a thanksgiving service in church penultimate Sunday and shared the invitation cards of her daughterâ€™s induction into the NMA.
â€œThey hired a driver to take them home where Ijeoma, who recently graduated as a medical doctor, was to hold her traditional marriage on December 31, 2017.
â€œUnfortunately, they couldnâ€™t make it as the journey was cut short somewhere along Oturkpo-Enugu Road. The driver was speeding and suddenly found himself in the path of an oncoming vehicle. In an attempt to avoid the vehicle, the car somersaulted several times and they died.â€
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