Twenty people were burnt to death in a fatal road accident involving two vehicles in Bauchi State on Sunday.
The accident involved 22 passengers who were in two different vehicles, a 18-seater Hummer Bus belonging to the Borno Express Mass Transit and a Golf car. The Hummer had 18 passengers while the golf had four.
Two people were however lucky to survive the accident and are receiving treatment at the hospital while the corpses of the dead have been deposited in the mortuary.
The Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the accident happened around 3:00pm.
“Yes, the accident is true and it happened at Tirwun area of the state.
“The accident involved 22 passengers who were in two different vehicles, a Hummer Bus 18-seater of Borno Express Mass Transit and a Golf car. The Hummer had 18 passengers while the golf had four.
“The Borno Express bus was heading to Maiduguri from Jos while the golf car was coming from Misau and was heading to Bauchi.
“Immediately we were called, our men from the MotorPol Department rushed to the scene for the rescue operation and conveyed all the victims to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.
“Among the 22 passengers, 20 of them were burnt beyond recognition while two females survived the accident.
“The corpses were all deposited at the mortuary while the two injured were at the same hospital receiving medical treatment,” Wakil told Punch in a telephone conversation.
Meanwhile, at least five civilians have been killed in a clash between soldiers and taxi drivers in Ilesha-Baruba area of Baruteen Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Sources confirmed that the clash took place last Friday as a result of an altercation between drivers and soldiers who had set up checkpoints on Ilesha-Baruba/Chikanda expressway plied by the commercial commuters.
Naija News learnt that a driver on his way back from Sinawu Market refused to pay N200 allegedly demanded by the officers on the road.
The driver reportedly told the soldiers that he had already paid early in the morning, but this angered the soldiers as they proceeded to punish him by slapping him and making him to do frog jumps.
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