Fourteen people and 22 cows have died in an accident along the Jega/Koko Road in Kebbi State.
The accident was to have happened when a truck conveying passengers and cows from Illela local government area of Sokoto State en route to Lagos State hit another truck parked by the roadside (shoulder) at Dada village, Koko/Besse local government area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kebbi State Police Command, SP Nafiu Abubakar confirmed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.
The statement reads; “On December 12, at about 0530hrs, there was a fatal motor vehicle accident along Jega/Koko road. The accident occurred when a truck with Reg. No. SRZ 518 XS, Sokoto State, driven by a yet-to-be-identified person, conveying passengers and cows from Illela LGA of Sokoto State, heading for Lagos State, hit a stationed truck parked by the shoulder of the road side at Dada village, Koko/Besse LGA of Kebbi State. As a result, 40 passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State Command, CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora instantly rushed to the scene, evacuated the victims to the General Hospital, Koko, for treatment, where a medical doctor confirmed fourteen (14) dead, while the remaining victims are currently responding to treatment. Similarly, twenty two (22) cows also died as a result of the accident.
“CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora also prayed for the souls of the departed to have an eternal rest and may their immediate families have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, Amin”, he said.
He also commiserated with the families of the victims, praying that they have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The police commissioner called on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and other road users to always ensure they employ adequate safety measures in their vehicles, observe the speed limit, avoid recklessness, drive carefully and be conscious while driving especially during the festive period with a view to preventing future recurrence.
“They are therefore advised to observe the speed limit, avoid recklessness and be more careful while driving especially during the festive period,” he added.