7 most deadly roads to travel in Nigeria

08/02/2017

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Here are the 7 accident prone roads in our country where road users are warned to drive with extra caution.
Traffic accidents have always posed a serious issue in Nigeria. Every day, the media is awash with news of serious crashes that cost the lives of many Nigerians. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), there are 11,363 road accidents recorded nationwide in 2016, leading to a total of 5,053 Nigerian deaths. In the first half of 2017 alone, over 2,700 Nigerians lost their lives due to road-related incidents. These sad statistics explain why Nigeria has been known as the country with the most dangerous roads to travel.

It goes without saying that the poor quality of roads is one of the main causes that lead to crashes and deaths for travelers. Check out the list of 7 accident prone roads in Nigeria and don't forget to drive with extra caution if you ever have to cross any of them.
 

1. Kaduna-Abuja road

Although the Kaduna-Abuja highway is considered as a main “bridge” which connects many states in the North of Nigeria to Abuja, it is still dotted with hundreds of serious potholes. You might still remember how dreadful it was when 14 people was reported to be burnt to death in a road accident occured in this area a couple years ago. The Hummer bus involved in the accident was heading to Abuja from Kano State, carrying 18 passengers.
 
 potholes on Kaduna-Abuja road
 
Kaduna-Abuja road is dotted with hundreds of serious potholes
 

2. Okigwe-Umuahia road

The Okigwe-Umuahia road has been a nightmare for commuters for a long time. It became worse when the road contractors failed to repair the expressway and then abandoned it because they no longer received financial support from the government. As a result, the area has posed as a death-trap to motorists and passengers.
 
a passenger car fell off on Okigwe-Umuahia road

The Okigwe-Umuahia road has been a nightmare for commuters for a long time
 

3. Otukpo-Otukpa road in Makurdi

“For regular travelers, the thought of venturing on Otukpa-Otukpo road is the beginning of a journey into uncertainties, eternity or the easiest way of booking an appointment with fate and grave, nay a way of bringing money for nearby coffin makers.” This is a statement by a columnist about the Otukpo-Otukpa road in Makurdi.
 
Before deciding to risk by traveling through “the road of the hell”, you should think about what is waiting for you. Apart from gulley erosion, craters, and potholes, you should also be well-prepared for dare-devil robbers. And the scariest part is that the journey to Otukpo - the ancestral home of Idoma kingdom doesn’t last for just only 1 hour or 2 but up to 4 hours to let you dance with potential dangers on the road.
 
a SUV crossing a pothole filled with water on otukpo-otukpa-road
 
Venturing on Otukpa-Otukpo road is the beginning of a journey into uncertainties and eternity
 

4. Lagos-Sagamu-Ore-Benin road

“If there is any road in the country that has portrayed successive governments in the country in bad light as failed governments in the last two decades, it is the Lagos-Sagamu-Ore-Benin road”, said an analyst. This statement is just enough to imagine about the poor condition of this road. 
 
Never get over this terrible road unless you are a very skillful driver. If you have no choice but traveling through this valley of the shadow of death, be well-prepared of bandits and rapists who are always there waiting to attack when your car unfortunately breaks down in the middle of the way.
 
car crash on Lagos-Sagamu-Ore-Benin road

Never get over this terrible road unless you are a very skillful driver

5. Lagos-Ibadan expressway

The highway constructed in 1974 with the length of 120km is known as a dangerous and unmotorable road filled with a lot of potholes. Therefore, accidents occur frequently in this area and are mainly caused by oil tankers and overspeeding vehicles. Unfortunately, it is the only connection between Lagos and Ibadan and other states within and beyond the Southwest of the Nigeria. 

According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), a total of 2,075 crashes involving 775 people died along this road in 2012.
 
oil tanker crash on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
 
A total of 2,075 crashes involving 775 people died along this road in 2012

 

6. Enugu-Awka-Onitsha road

Due to the terrible condition of this road, hundreds of travelers are forced to abandon it and reroute via the old road from Udi to Awka Onitsha. Many ill-fated people lost their lives on this road because of traffic accidents. The problem remains unsolved and road users still have to face with this headache everyday.
 
vehicles crossing big potholes on Enugu-Awka-Onitsha road

Many ill-fated people lost their lives on this road because of traffic accidents
 

7. Abuja-Lokoja-Okene-Kabba road

There's actually not much to tell because almost every Nigerian already knows it is a road of death. If you need to get to Abuja or Ondo State from anywhere in the Southwest, you will have to travel through the Lokoja-Okene road where is known for serious degradation and more terribly, armed robbers. Thousands of unfortunate passengers have been reported to be dispossessed of their property while traveling through this route.
 
a car crash on Abuja-Lokoja-Okene-Kabba road

Lokoja-Okene road is known for serious degradation and more terribly, armed robbers

Graph showing causes of fatalities in Nigeria


Graph showing causes of fatalities in Nigeria from 2006 to 2013 carried out by IFRA
 
 

 
Most dangerous roads to travel in Nigeria

 

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