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Police confirm death of 6 people in a bullion van accident in Kebbi

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The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the death of six people including three policemen in a multiple accident on Tuesday along the Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in the state.

The Spokesman of the command, SP Abubakar Nafi’u, said in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

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“The accident occurred when a Carina E car, carrying jerricans of PMS was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Customs Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi.

“On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head-on collision with the Bullion van, as a result, bursting into flames and consumed three other cars.

“Consequently, a total of five vehicles and one motorcycle were burnt to ashes.

“Six people including three policemen also died in the inferno, while five other people and three policemen sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention,” he said.

Nafi’u said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, had visited the accident scene.

“He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the lives of the departed souls’ eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Magaji-Kontagora is also assuring members of the public that a thorough investigation will be carried out to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” he added.

In another development,  the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi says no fewer than eight persons died on Wednesday in an accident that occurred in Ankpa, a town in Kogi.

The corps said that the accident occurred when a fuel tanker crushed four vehicles, including a passenger bus.

The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon by Alo bridge on Lokoja-Ankpa- Makurdi Road, the corps said.

Eyewitnesses said that the accident occurred when the tanker brake failed.

The FRSC also said that the two survivors of the accident sustained serious injuries.

Kogi FRSC Corps Commander Stephen Dawulung who confirmed the incident said that three motorcycles were also involved in the accident.

“Our personnel, who rushed to the scene, were able to rescue two injured persons and rushed them to General Hospital, Ankpa, for immediate medical attention.

“They were able to recover eight charred bodies of the victims from the burnt vehicles and motorcycles involved in the accident.

“As it is now, we are not sure of the actual number of people in the vehicles and the motorcycles involved in this fatal and very unfortunate accident.

“We are still trying to know the actual figure more so that the fire is still raging.

“Aside from the tanker, there is a Sharon bus, three cars and three motorcycles, all of which we cannot tell how many people were occupying them before the unfortunate incident.

“As it is, we have rescued two injured persons and recovered eight charred bodies which have been taken to the Ankpa General Hospital.

“Investigations are on in collaboration with officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), to ascertain the number of persons that were in the Sharon bus before the incident.

“If it had a full load of passengers to mean no fewer than 10 persons in it, and a person in each of the vehicles and motorcycles involved, then we could be talking of 14 persons in all.

“From our findings, the bus was traveling to Makurdi, but no one knows the number of persons inside it and the very park it loaded from to enable us to get the manifest for proper assessment.

“The unfortunate thing is that the tanker burst into flame, burning all the vehicles and motorcycles involved beyond recognition.

Even number plates are burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

The sector commander urged the public to report to the corps or nearest police station their loved ones who had traveled on Wednesday, Sept, 28, and had not called or could not be reached by phone.

 

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

No fewer than 47 persons died, while 180 sustained injuries in 52 different road crash that occurred from May to October in Sokoto state.

Mr. Kabiru Yusuf-Nadabo, the Sokoto State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed this at the 2022 accident victims remembrance day on Friday in Sokoto.

Yusuf-Nadabo said out of the road crashes, 23 were fatal while 25 were serious that involved 78 different categories of vehicles.

He said that the event was part of Africa Road Safety/World Road Safety awareness initiative to awaken people on the rising cases of road accidents that cause loss of lives, as well as properties.

According to him, FRSC was established to curb the menace and to create a safe motoring environment for all Nigerians, adding that FRSC has been making remarkable efforts on reducing road traffic accidents.

”The event was set to commemorate road traffic accidents victims and equally sensitise the Nigerian public on the dangers, consequences of accidents and proper usage of roads.

”Based on the statistics presented and life experiences from some survivors of traffic accident victims, ” Yusuf-Nadabo said.

He urged motorists to abide by regulations and abstain from dangerous driving, overspending and overloading to ensure accident-free and safer roads.

 Prayers were offered in both Islamic and Christian ways.

In the same vein, two traffic accident survivors, Malam Kabiru Bello and Malam Hassan Garba, recounted their ordeals during and after the crashes they were involved in.

The event witnessed presentations from the state Vehicles Investigation Office (VIO), Special Marshals, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

The Fire Chief of Anambra Fire Services, Mr. Martin Agbili, has said that 80 shops were affected in the chemical market fire explosion at Onitsha Head Bridge.

This is contained in a statement signed by Agbili on Wednesday in Onitsha.

He said that incident took place at the Science and Lab Line of Ogbo Ogwu Market not the entire Ogbo Ogwu Market, Onitsha.

”It is really a terrible situation but the fire is under control now. The vibration from the explosions caused the collapse of some market buildings.

“A lot of safety measures have been taken to protect the entire market. There are casualties but we can’t ascertain the actual number of death and the injured”, he said.

The fire also destroyed goods and properties worth millions of naira.

In a related development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga,  says the police were yet to be furnished with the casualty rate at the fire explosion in the chemical market in Onitsha.

Ikenga stated this on Tuesday, in Onitsha while reacting to a fire explosion that rocked the chemical market.

According to him, I don’t have the information on the level of casualty and the level of damage.

“But I can confirm to you that there was a fire explosion at the chemical market and our operatives led by DCP Operations, John Ogbodaga is on ground.

“The area has been cordoned off, the fire service was also on ground and the situation is under control,” he said.

It was earlier reported that no fewer than four persons were reportedly confirmed dead and about 20 sustained various degrees of injuries.

On his part, the state Fire Chief, Anambra Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili, said that he and other relevant stakeholders were currently on the scene of the incident at the time of filing this report and useful information would be given in due time.

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3 die, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

Three persons died and three others were severely injured in a lone road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Mr. Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, confirmed this to newsmen on Monday in Abeokuta.

Umar explained that the accident occurred in the early hours of Monday and involved a Toyota Sienna with registration number DKP 60 LG.

He added that it occurred just before the first AP turning point after Danco filling station on the expressway.

He attributed the crash to speeding that led to loss of control by the driver.

The FRSC boss stated that six people, comprising four males and two females were in the vehicle.

”A total of three people were injured, two male adult and one female adult and unfortunately three persons lost their lives in the accident,” he said.

Umar noted that the injured victims were currently receiving treatment at Idera Hospital, while the dead bodies were deposited at the morgue of same hospital.

The sector commander commiserated with the crash victims and advised motorists to shun speeding, particularly during these ember months.

 

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