… As Rainstorm kills 3, destroys several houses in Katsina state***
Four persons died while eight others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an accident involving an articulated vehicle and a Mazda bus at Foursquare in Ogunmakin axis on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The newsmen report that Ogunmakin is located at Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun.
Mr. Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday, said that the accident occurred at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Umar explained that the accident was caused by excessive speed and loss of control by the bus driver who rammed at the stationed truck.
The sector commander explained that the crash involved a CNHTC vehicle marked XA 802 KKM and a Mazda bus with registration number SHK 684 XA.
He added that 13 people were involved in the accident which comprised 12 men and a woman, saying that eight people got injured, all men, while four persons died comprising three men and one woman.
Umar noted that the injured victims were taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere while the corpses were deposited at the FOS morgue, Ipara.
The sector commander described the crash as an avoidable act if caution had been taken, using a common sense speed limit, especially as it was raining.
He urged motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations, especially on speed violations.
He commiserated with the family of the victims and also enjoined them to contact the FRSC command in Ogunmakin area of the state for details of the crash and reclaim the properties of the victims recovered from the scene.
In the meantime, no fewer than three persons were reported dead with several injured and many houses destroyed by rainstorms in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Information Officer of the LGA, Malam Abdulkarim Sani, who disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday said the rain started on Saturday night and lasted until Sunday morning.
According to him, during the heavy rain, several houses collapsed and the roofs of others were blown away by the rainstorm.
He said that the disaster which cut across Kankara town, Nasarawa and Matsiga communities claimed one life in the Nasarawa community and two in the Matsiga community.
According to him, one of the victims died when the wall of her room, which was made up of mud blocks, collapsed on her.
Sani revealed that the victims were buried on Sunday morning according to Islamic rites.
He added that a staff member at the information unit of the council, Malam Surajo Zabo, also lost his wife during the incident.
In an interview with the newsmen the Public Relations Officer of Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Malam Umar Mohammed, confirmed the incident.
Mohammed said that the agency would on June 13, pay a fact-finding visit to the affected areas to know the exact number of the affected people.