37 die in head-on collision along Maiduguri-Damaturu road


FILE PHOTO: FRSC operatives at the scene of an accident

By Yakubu Uba

The Borno Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Utten Boyi, has confirmed the death of 37 people in a ghastly accident that occurred along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road.

Boyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that the accident which occurred on Tuesday involved two passenger buses, one transiting from Abuja to Maiduguri and the other transiting from Maiduguri to Gaidam town in Yobe.

“The buses on speed caught fire after the collision. We counted 37 corpses and most of them burnt beyond recognition.

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“The accident happened around Jakana village about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri,” Boyi said.

He said that his men in collaboration with the Police, NEMA and fire service mobilised their personnel to evacuate the victims of the accident.

According to him, the police had obtained a court order to carry out mass burial for the deceased.

NAN reports that a similar accident was recorded along the same road on Monday involving a bus with 10 passengers where five of them lost their lives.(NAN)

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