- Yobe Dep Gov escapes death
Eighteen persons were on Sunday killed in an auto crash involving a truck and 18 seater bus along the Bauchi- Jos road.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Haruna Muhammad and made available to newsmen in Bauchi, indicated that the accident occurred on Sunday about 10:45pm at Buzaye village along the Bauchi- Jos road.
He stated that a DAF Truck with registration number XC-675-BAU and a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number BAU-148-XR, coming from Abuja, and loaded with 18 passengers at Buzaye village, Bauchi, had a head-on coalition and was gutted by fire that resulted into the death of the 18 persons.
DSP Haruna explained that, immediately after the accident, Police patrol team attached to the GRA Division and men of the Fire Service from Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, ATAP, rushed to the scene and put off the fire before rushing the victims to ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for proper medical attention.
But on reaching the hospital, 18 victims were certified dead, among whom 17 were burnt beyond recognition and corpses, deposited at the mortuary for post-mortem examinations.
The police image maker stated that the case is under investigation and effort is ongoing to ascertain actual cause of the accident. The Police advised members of the public whose relatives travelled from Abuja to Bauchi on Sunday to go to the motor parks in Abuja and check the passengers manifest or report at the ATBU Teaching hospital, Bauchi for identification.
Yobe Dep Gov escapes death
Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Abubakar Ali, was yesterday involved in a car crash along the Kaduna-Kano expressway.
Details about the accident were still sketchy at the time of filing the report, as the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Yobe State government were yet to comment on the development.
A source however said the auto accident occurred in Daka-Tsalle town along the Kaduna- Kano expressway.
According to an eyewitnesses, the SUV car of the deputy governor had a head-on collision with a Toyota Avensis. Although the deputy governor was unhurt, the Toyota Avensis somersaulted and was badly damaged. The deputy governor’s convoy later continued its trip to Kano.