… As Bauchi auto crash claims 25 lives, injures 10 others***
The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo has advised Nigerian Muslims to engage in self-reflection and prayers for the country during Ramadan.
This was made known in a statement issued by Henshaw Ogubike, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry on Friday in Abuja.
In his Ramadan message, Sambo extended warm wishes to Islamic faithfuls and prayed to Almighty Allah to shower them with love, peace, prosperity and joy.
The minister urged Muslims to deepen their devotion and show brotherly love to everyone around, particularly the less privileged, during the holy month.
“Let us therefore in this holy month deepen our devotion, extend our bond of fellowship and compassion to everyone around, particularly the less privileged in our communities,” he said.
The minister also prayed for the security of all Nigerians and prosperity for the country.
“May the Almighty Allah ease our adversity; shower us with love, peace, prosperity and joy. May we be free from harm, and our nation be blessed and prosperous,” he said.
Tragedy struck on Thursday in Udobo village in Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State when 25 people lost their lives in a lone auto crash.
Sector Commander of the FRSC in Bauchi State, Mr. Yusuf Abdullahi, told the press in Bauchi on Friday that 10 other persons sustained injuries in the crash.
He said the accident involved one Toyota Hummer bus in which the over-speeding driver lost control after a tyre burst.
“Thirty-five persons were involved in the road crash.
“Twenty-five of them – nine adult male, 11 adult females, two male children and three female children – lost their lives on the spot.
“Ten others sustained serious injuries and they are all male adults,’’ he said.
He added that the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare in Katagum Local Government Area of the state, while corpses of the deceased were taken to Hadeja in Jigawa for burial.
Abdullahi charged motorists to always be conscious of traffic rules and regulations while plying the roads.