The Dean, School of Basic Medical Sciences at the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ebonyi, Prof. Robert Nneli and five others have died in two road accidents.
He died in one of the two accidents recorded Thursday night at the notorious 131 junction of the Abakaliki-Enugu federal highway.
Nneli, 69 years old, joined the University in 2012 after spending close to 20 at Abia State University.
Mrs Stella Uchendu, Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ebonyi confirmed the two accidents in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She said both accidents occurred between 9 and 11pm.
According to her, it was raining heavily when the accidents occurred and attributed to possible reckless driving, over-speeding and poor visibility.
According to Uchendu, the second accident involved an SUV with five occupants which also crashed into stationary articulated vehicle due to over speeding and poor visibility.
She commended her officers for their prompt response to the crashes and urged motorists to always obey traffic regulations.
A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the drivers of the Camry and the SUV were to blame for driving recklessly under the rain.
DSP Jude Madu, the Ebonyi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRP) absolved his men of any complicity by failing to tow the articulated vehicle.
He blamed the FRSC for failing in its duty.