Singer, Ikesima Brown and 5 members of prominent Ijaw musical band d!e in ghastly accident

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, June 11, 2023, while the band members were heading from Warri to Abuja for a show.

Niger Delta highlife singer, Ikesima Brown, and five members of a prominent Ijaw musical band, Chief Barrister Smooth, have died in a ghastly car accident.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, June 11, 2023, while the band members were heading from Warri to Abuja for a show.

The band was on their way to the show when their bus collided with a petrol tanker along the Abuja/Lokoja highway.

It was reported that the ill-fated vehicle, which was carrying the popular band, had been engaged by a state government to perform at the swearing-in reception of National Assembly members in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to an eyewitness account, the band members boarded a train from Warri to Kogi and were en route to Abuja when the Toyota Sienna car in which they were traveling crashed into a fuel tanker, resulting in their death.

The deceased have been identified as Chief Joseph Ekeremieye, Ikesima Brown, Ebis Awiki, Sololo, Tuku Eniekebi, and one other.

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, expressed deep sadness over the twin accidents that claimed the lives of no fewer than 10 Ijaw indigenes.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, on Monday, Diri described the tragic incident as a Black Sunday for Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation.

The Bayelsa governor also extended his condolences to the families of the deceased and Barrister Smooth, acknowledging that the deaths of these young individuals who were actively impacting lives through their musical talent is a great loss to the state.

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