14 Die In Fatal Road Accident In Kebbi
No fewer than fourteen people reportedly died in a fatal road accident in Kebbi State on Monday evening.
It was reported that the accident happened along the Jega/Koko Road involving two trucks.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the state police command spokesman, Nafi’u Abubakar, explained that one of the trucks with Reg. No. SRZ 518 XS, Sokoto State, driven by yet to be identified driver, conveying passengers and cows from Illela local government area of Sokoto State in route to Lagos State hit another truck parked by the roadside (shoulder) at Dada village, Koko/Besse local government area of the state.
The statement said: “On the 12th December 2022, at about 0530hrs, there was a fatal motor vehicle accident along Jega/Koko road. The accident occurred when a truck with Reg. No. SRZ 518 XS, Sokoto State, driven by yet to be identified person, conveying passengers and cows from Illela LGA of Sokoto State, heading to Lagos State, hit a stationed truck parked by the shoulder of the roadside at Dada village, Koko/Besse LGA of Kebbi State. As a result, forty passengers sustained various degree injuries.”
He said that the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State Command, CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora, upon the receipt of the sad development, instantly rushed to the scene and ensures the evacuation of the victims to General hospital Koko, for treatment.
Medical Doctor, according to him confirmed 14 dead upon arrival while the remaining victims are currently responding to treatment.
Similarly, 22 cows also died as a result of the accident.
Kontagora prayed for the repose of the departed souls. He also commiserated with the families of the victims, praying that they have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The police commissioner called on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and other road users to always ensure they employ adequate safety measures in their vehicles, observe the speed limit, avoid recklessness, drive carefully and be conscious while driving especially during the festive period to prevent future recurrence.
“They are therefore advised to observe the speed limit, avoid recklessness and be more careful while driving especially during the festive period,” he added.