|The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kogi Command, said a road accident has claimed the lives of two persons while 12 others were injured on Sunday in the state.|
The lone crash involved a Toyota Hiace bus conveying 18 persons, including the driver. The Sector Commander in the state, Mr Stephen Dawulung, said that the incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. at Irepeni village along Zariagi-Okene road. Dawulung explained that the crash was caused by speed and a tyre burst that made the vehicle to somersault.
“The injured have already been conveyed to Kekere Hospital, Kabba Junction, Zariagi by our personnel who carried out the rescue operation.
“Already, the corpses of the dead passengers have been claimed by relations for burial,” he said.
The sector commander sympathised with the families of the victims and urged drivers to avoid night journeys, speed and use of worn-out or expired tyres.He also charged motorists to always observe 40 minutes rest after every four hours drive, to ward off fatigue and drowsiness. Dawulung thanked the military for the security cover provided to FRSC personnel that conducted the rescue operation.
He solicited more synergy with all security agencies to save lives and property on highways.
In another development, Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji on Sunday neutralised three bandits in an ambush at the Anka-Dan Kapani crossing in the Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Danmadami said the troops also recovered one PKT gun with 48 rounds of 7.62mm x 54 ammunition, three AK 47 rifles, three magazines with 63 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and three motorcycles.
“The military high command commends troops and encourages the public to avail troops with credible and timely information on terrorist and all criminal activities within their area,” he said.