13 dead as Lagos-bound truck loaded with people, goats, cows somersaults

Rescue officials of the FRSC

FILE photo: Rescue officials of the FRSC at an accident scene

Between nine and 13 people died in a lone accident involving a Lagos-bound truck, loaded with scores of people, cows and goats.

The truck took off from Maigatari LGA in Jigawa. The destination was Lagos.

But the driver lost control on reaching a point called Kwanar Shafar in Ringim LG Area.The vehicle somersaulted..

While the police gave the death toll as 13, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Jigawa State Command, confirmed nine deaths.

Both agencies of government claimed to have responded rapidly to the accident.

The Police spokesman ASP Lawan Shiisu in a statement reported the accident thus:

“That on April 1, 2022, at about 0630hrs, information at our disposal revealed that a trailer truck with registration no TAR 357 XA, loaded with about 53 passengers, cows and goats from Maigatari LGA and heading to Lagos state and driven by one Babangida Mohammed, aged 28, of Azare LGA in Bauchi state, had an accident.

“A team of Policemen rushed to the scene on rescue mission, where 13 persons, namely; Sani Alhaji-Ado, aged 25, Saleh Yusuf, 53, Aminu Mohammed, 35, Haruna Maigari, 20, Haruna Ubali, 25, Abdurrazak Lauwali, 30, all of Maigatari LGA, Abdulmutallib Hamza, 20, of Kaugama LGA, Anas Ibrahim, 35, of Garki LGA, all in Jigawa state, Naziru Khalid, 30, of Gabasawa LGA in Kano state, Nuraddeen Mohammed, 25, of Dangora Dingas in Niger Republic and three others that are yet to be identified, were confirmed dead.

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“In the same vein, about 32 persons were conveyed to Ringim General Hospital for treatment, where four of them – Adamu Gagare, aged 30, of Maigatari LGA, Ado Habu, 20, of Kaugama LGA, Rabiu Ibrahim, 35, of Machina LGA in Yobe state, Arma, 40, of Dokin Fulani in Katsina state, were referred to Rashid Shekoni Teaching Hospital, Dutse for further treatment,” Shiisu said.

The account given by the FRSC Jigawa command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Ibrahim Gambo, was different.

He said nine died and 50 people sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to him, the accident occurred at about 6:15 a.m. on Ringim-Chaichai by Kwanar Shafar Road.

Gambo said the incident was reported to the Corps at about 6:23 a.m. and it responded by arriving at the scene at about 6:30 a.m..

The FRSC rescue team took the victims to Ringim General Hospital for medical attention.

He explained that 70 people were involved in the accident involving an articulated vehicle (DAF Trailer) with registration number TAR 357 XA, driven by Babangida Muhammad.

The spokesperson attributed the cause of the crash to speed violation by the driver of the vehicle.

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