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18 dead, 42 severely injured in Kebbi auto crash

The police command in Kebbi has confirmed the death of 18 persons following an accident involving a truck conveying passengers and cows.

This was announced by the spokesperson of the Kebbi police command, Nafi’u Abubakar,  in a statement on Monday, January 16 2023.

He explained that the accident involved a yet-to-be-identified driver of a truck with Reg. No. SRP 442 XA, Niger State, conveying passengers and cows from the Illela council area to Lagos.

 

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The truck then lost control at Malisa Junction and fell, resulting in the accident that also caused the death of sixteen cows.

The statement reads, “On reaching Malisa junction, the driver lost control of the truck and it fell down. As a result, 42 passengers sustained various degrees of injury.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, instantly rushed to the scene and evacuated the victims to General hospital Gwandu, for treatment.

“A medical doctor in the hospital confirmed 18 dead, while the remaining victims are currently responding to treatment.

“Similarly, 16 cows also died as a result of the accident.”

 

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The police commissioner commiserated with the families of the deceased and prayed for speedy recovery for the injured passengers.

“The CP called on the NURTW, NARTO and other road users to always ensure they emplace adequate safety measures in their vehicles and be conscious while driving, with a view to preventing future occurrence,” he added.

“They should observe speed limit, avoid overloading, recklessness, and be more careful while driving.”

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