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Auto crash claims 11 lives in Suleja

21 January 2014, 06:43

Minna - Eleven members of J’amatul Izalatul Bidia Wa Ikamati Sunnah (JIBWIS) from Kebbi lost their lives in an auto crash in Suleja, Niger, on Sunday.

The accident occurred when the victims were returning to Kebbi after attending an education appeal fund programme in Abuja.

Edwin Nwokike, the unit commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in Suleja, told newsmen on Monday.

Nwokike said that the incident involved a Toyota Hiace bus conveying members of JIBWIS from Abuja to Suru in Kebbi and a Volkswagen Gulf car coming from Minna and going to Suleja.

He said that the two vehicles were over speeding and had a head-on collision while trying to avoid pot holes.

He said that the accident occurred at about 2.20 p.m. while the rescue team of the FRSC, arrived the scene at 2.25p.m.

The unit commander said that the driver of the Gulf car was alone and died on the spot; nine passengers in the Toyota bus also died on the spot, and one other died in the hospital, while nine sustained injuries.

He said that eight out of the nine injured passengers had been treated and discharged, while one was still receiving treatment in the hospital.

-    NAN


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