January 17, (THEWILL) – At least 18 traders and 16 cows have been confirmed killed in a lone truck accident, along Aliero-Sokoto road in Kebbi State.
The spokesperson of the Kebbi State Police Command, SP Nafiu Abubakar, confirmed the incident.
“On the 15th of January, 2023, at about 2300hrs, there was a fatal motor vehicle accident at Malisa village, Gwandu LGA, along Aliero/Sokoto road.
“The accident occurred when the yet-to-be-identified driver of a truck with Reg. No. SRP 442 XA, Niger State, conveying passengers and cows from Illela LGA of Sokoto State, heading to Lagos State.
“On reaching Malisa junction, the driver lost control of the truck and it fell down. As a result, forty-two 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 General hospital Gwandu, for treatment, where a medical Doctor confirmed Eighteen (18) dead, while the remaining victims are currently responding to treatment.
“Similarly, sixteen (16) cows also died as a result of the accident.
“CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora prayed for the souls of the departed to have eternal rest and may their immediate families have the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“The CP, however, calls 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 reoccurrence.
“They are, therefore, advised to observe the speed limit, avoid overloading, recklessness and be more careful while driving”, SP Abubakar said.